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Radamel Falcao's career defining moments

31 July 2019

Radamel Falcao has been one of the most prolific striker in Europe since moving to the continent in 2009.

Known as El Tigre, meaning the tiger, Falcao made his name at River Plate in Argentina before igning for FC Portoin July 2009.

Falcao didn’t take long to have an impact at the club, netting on his debut against Paços de Ferreira.

The prolific Colombian scored 34 goals in all competitions including a double in a special 5-0 victory over Benfica.

After winning the Taça de Portugal in his first season, El Tigre picked up a historic treble in his second season.

His 16 goals helped FC Porto to the Primeira Liga before winning a second Taça de Portugal.

Falcao also scored a remarkable 17 goals in the UEFA Europa League including the winning goal in the final against Braga in Dublin.

The striker scored 72 goals in 87 games before moving to Atlético Madrid where he enjoyed two seasons in the Spanish capital, winning the Europa League for a second straight season.

The 33-year-old opted to move to Monaco in 2013, finding the net on his debut against Bordeaux as the club finished second in Ligue 1.

After two seasons in the Premier League with Chelsea and Manchester United on loan, Falcao returned to Monaco and helped the club to a historic league title.

Scoring 21 league goals in 29 games, Falcao’s excellence in front of goal and from set pieces helped Monaco to a first title since 2000.

In the seasons since the Ligue 1 glory, Falcao has remained a cornerstone of the AS Monaco side.

A total of 24 goals in 2017-18 was backed up with 16 goals in 36 appearances last season as the captain led the side from the front.

In 2018, Falcao had the chance to head to the World Cup for the first time having missed the 2014 competition through injury.

He scored his first World Cup goal against Poland at the Kazan Arena on the way to a 3-0 victory and redemption for El Tigre