Falcao: Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons motivate me

The Atletico Madrid striker says the praise he has received recently makes him want to do even better, but is ignoring the speculation surrounding his future in the Spanish capital
Radamel Falcao has claimed that being compared to marquee names such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo act as motivation for him to become a better player.

The Atletico Madrid forward was one of the stars of the 2011-12 campaign, leading to many mentioning him in the same breath as the likes of the Barcelona star and Real Madrid attacker.

Speaking to Fifa.com, Falcao responded to the comparisons by stating: "I've received some glowing praise from a few players, which makes me happy but also puts more responsibility on me for the future.

"It’s only going to motivate me to get even better and go for more records."

The Colombia international has also been linked departing the Vicente Calderon this summer, with both Barca and Madrid mentioned as possible destinations, but Falcao insists he is not thinking about leaving.

"I’ve heard the rumours, but the fact is I don’t know anything about it. All I want to do now is enjoy the summer and everything we’ve achieved with the club. It’s time to take things easy, now more than ever.

"Obviously there’s a huge rivalry between the two teams [Atleti and Real]. I know some players have moved from one club to the other, but to be honest I’m not thinking about my future right now."

Falcao joined Atleti from Porto for a reported €40 million and is contracted until 2016.