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The Colombian striker is full of expectation and wants to improve on his individual performance last term by posing a bigger threat to both Liga stars for the Pichichi trophy

Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao is brimming with confidence ahead of the new season, and is keen to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the title of top goalscorer in La Liga.

The Colombia international netted 24 league goals in his debut campaign at the Vicente Calderon, and he is desperate to do even better this campaign.

"It's up to me to improve on what I did last time around and that's my aim," Falcao was quoted as saying on the official Liga website.

"Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's goal tallies aren't out of my reach. But what I most want is to have a good season for the fans.

"I'm really looking forward to this new season. As for me, I'm better acclimatised to the Spanish league.

"We're really looking forward to improving on what we achieved last year, both individually and collectively.

"The team is more settled now and we know each other better."

Atletico Madrid open the 2012-13 campaign with an away game against Levante.

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