My father told me to play with my heart and in attack, says Falcao

The Atleti star reveals how his father told him to become a striker because they make the most money while admitting that Shakira is more popular than him in his homeland

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao says he always dreamed of becoming a professional footballer while choosing to be a striker after guidance from his father.

The former Porto ace has been in great form this season and is currently the leading goalscorer in Spain's Liga with seven goals, ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who are both on six.

“My father always told me to play with my heart, and to play up front, as a forward, they make the most money," he told Cuatro.

“Since I remember I have always been with a football.

“As a child I had the dream of being a professional and it took years of hard work to get there, but I got there. God has given me the talent and the health to play football."

Despite his headline-grabbing displays in recent months, the striker did concede that he cannot compete with Shakira in the popularity stakes in his homeland.

He joked: “Shakira is more important than me in Colombia."