Falcao on the prowl

Goal.com Malaysia's Mustapha 'El Loco' Kamaruddin lauds the goalscoring exploits of the Colombian goal king known as El Tigre


I Can’t help it, El Loco has to write about the scoring exploits of Atletico Madrid superstar Radamel Falcao.

The Colombia international striker, or El Tigre, has been hitting the headlines all over the globe this season as he instils fear into the opponents.

Falcao has so far netted seven goals from five matches in Primera Liga and is on top of the scoring chart with Barcelona wizard Lionel Messi in second spot with six.

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, well, he is somewhere in the middle of the chart with three goals.

The last two goals scored by Falcao were in the 4-2 away win over Real Betis on Wednesday which steered Atletico to the second spot with 13 points from five matches.

Barca, of course, are on top with a 100 percent record with 15 points.

However, it is interesting to note that Atletico are currently the highest scoring side with 15 goals so far, and they have to thank Falcao for this.

Barca have 14 goals to show while Real have seven.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone and their fans must now be hoping their goal-machine will not suffer any long term injury.

If Falcao is fit for most of the season then the Europa League champions look capable of challenging Barca and Real in the title race. Or least to finish in the top four.

Falcao is agile, strong, powerful and a natural finisher. He can use both feet and is also deadly in the air despite standing at 5ft 10in.

Simeone hailed the goal-scoring form of Falcao, labelling his exploits as on a level with those of Mexico legend Hugo Sanchez.

“For me, Falcao is as good as Hugo Sanchez, or even better,” the Argentine told AS.

“While Hugo was very much Hugo, Falcao has the great virtue of trying to come out better in every match compared to the previous one.

“He has voracity and an intuition in the area that I’ve only seen in Hugo Sanchez. As a finisher he’s like Hugo, but he’s even more complete.

“I’ve known Radamel since his time at River Plate, and I’m sure that he’ll keep on growing; that he’ll become a world No.1. I have complete faith in him.”

Earlier this summer it was claimed that the 26-year-old Falcao revealed that he is ready to compete with the duo (Messi and Ronaldo) for the Pichichi (top scorer) trophy, but he has made it clear helping Atletico to success is his main priority.

“I did not say I wanted to compete with Ronaldo and Messi,” Falcao told AS.

“I simply want to score goals to help my team, nothing more. At the end we’ll see where I am.”

“The most important thing is that the team fulfil their objectives. We are competing with 19 other teams, not only against Real and Barca.”

El Loco would love to see Falcao keep on scoring those goals as this will make the Primera Liga more interesting.

Messi and Ronaldo will no doubt try to raise their game as well.

Falcao scored 34 goals from 90 games when he first started his career with River Plate in 2005.

He joined Porto in 2009 and struck 41 goals form 51 matches before joining Atletico last season.

Falco has also 39 caps with Colombia and scored 13 goals. Los Cafeteros or The Coffee Growers are doing well in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and hopefully they will make it to Brazil.

The World Cup certainly needs a striker like Falcao gracing it.

Atletico next assignment is an away match against lowly and winless Espanyol at Cornella El Prat on Monday (3.30am Malaysian time) and it won’t be a surprise if Falcao scores again if he plays.

Falcao was substituted in the Betis match because of a thigh strain and Simeone may decide not to play him.

Whatever happens, happy hunting El Tigre.