|Radamel Falcao Quick Info
|5 ft 10 in
|Date of Birth
|February 10, 1986
Radamel Falcao is a professional footballer from Colombia who plays as a striker for his national team. From 2001 to 2005, Falcao played for Colombia U17. From 2005 to 2007, he played for Colombia U20. In 2007, he started playing at a senior position for Colombia. He is a second generation football player after his dad who played for both Venezuela and Colombia as a defender.
Radamel Falcao García Zárate
Falcao, El Tigre, King of the Europa League
Santa Marta, Colombia
He is based in Monaco.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Radamel García (Former Professional Soccer Player)
- Mother – Carmenza Zarate
- Siblings – Michelle Andrea Garcia Zarate (Sister), Melanie Grecia Garcia (Sister)
- Others – Ruperto Zarate (Maternal Grandfather), Denis Elvira King (Maternal Grandmother)
Radamel Falcao is represented by Jorge Mendes’ GestiFute.
9 – AS Monaco, FC Porto, Manchester United, Atlético Madrid, Colombia National Team
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Radamel Falcao has dated –
- Lorelei Tarón (2007-Present) – Falcao met his future wife Lorelei Tarón, an Argentine singer, at a church. She was 16 years old and Falcao fell for her at the very first sight. He had to pursue her for some time before she agreed to go out with him. They got married in a small and intimate wedding ceremony in 2007. In March 2013, she revealed that they were expecting their first child. She gave birth to their daughter, Dominique García Tarón, in August 2013. Their second daughter, Desirée García Tarón, was born in February 2015.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Colombian as well as English ancestry. His great-grandfather was English and had moved to Colombia in 1932 to work for United Fruit Company as an accountant.
- Prominent Nose
- Strong Jawline
Radamel Falcao has signed an endorsement deal with Puma and the endorsement deal requires him to wear their footwear for his matches.
He is a devout Christian.
Best Known For
- Being one of the most lethal and prolific strikers in the European football
- Having played for some of the most popular European clubs including Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, AS Monaco, and Chelsea
- Having won numerous high profile titles and cup competitions with different clubs including Argentine Primera División, Primeira Liga (Portuguese League), Copa del Rey, UEFA Europa League, and Ligue 1
First Soccer Match
- In March 2005, he made his professional debut for River Plate in the 2005 Torneo Clausura match against Instituto de Córdoba. His side managed to win the match by 3-1.
- In September 2011, he made his first start for Atlético Madrid in a La Liga match against Valencia. His side lost the match by 1-0.
- In 2013, he made his first professional appearance for AS Monaco in a 2-0 victory over Bordeaux. He scored his first goal for Monaco in the same match.
- In 2007, he made his first appearance for his national team Colombia. But, he had to wait for a while to make his mark for the national team.
First TV Show
Other than football matches, in 2009, Radamel Falcao made his first TV show appearance in the Argentine talk show, Caiga quien caiga – CQC.
Radamel Falcao Favorite Things
- Idol – Thierry Henry
Source – Wikipedia
Radamel Falcao Facts
- While growing up in Venezuela, he excelled in baseball. However, in 1999, he and his father decided that he should go for soccer and therefore, he moved back to Colombia.
- He was initially bullied in Venezuela because he wasn’t very good at baseball. However, he worked hard and drastically improved his skills.
- In August 1999, he made his debut for Colombian Categoría Primera B (second tier) team Lanceros Boyacá. He was 13 years and 199 days old at that time, thus, making him the youngest debutant in Colombian soccer.
- Before he moved to River Plate in February 2001, he had trained with Bogota-based Colombian powerhouse, Millonarios. But, they decided against purchasing him.
- In 2008, River Plate reportedly knocked back $15 million offer from AC Milan. They also had rejected offers from Aston Villa and Fluminense.
- In 2009, he moved to the Portuguese giants Porto. However, he had come very close to moving to their rivals Benfica but the transfer collapsed after he asked €700,000 to complete the move.
- In his second season with Porto, he excelled under André Villas-Boas and managed to score 38 goals in 42 matches. His side managed to win a treble of UEFA Europa League, Portuguese league title, and a domestic cup.
- In August 2011, he moved to Atlético Madrid as they agreed to buy him in a deal worth €40 million. The deal would rise to €50 million with performance-related clauses, making him the first player to reach €40 million fees for the Madrid based club.
- In August 2012, he established himself as one of the best strikers by single-handedly dismantling Chelsea in a 4-1 victory in UEFA Super Cup competition.
- Despite courting interest from Real Madrid and Chelsea, he decided to move to AS Monaco in May 2013. The newly promoted French club paid €60 million to Atletico Madrid and decided to pay Falcao a yearly salary of over €18 million.
- In January 2014, he suffered an ACL injury that made it impossible for him to represent his national side at the 2014 World Cup. He was initially included in the 30 probable players list but, he eventually held a press conference to tearfully reveal that he won’t be able to play.
- After playing for Manchester United and Chelsea in successive one-year loans, he returned to Monaco at the start of 2016-17 season and went on to lead his side to a surprising French league title victory. He finished the season with 30 goals from 43 matches.
- Visit his official website @ falcao.co.
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