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Why Radamel Falcao should join a Premier League club

Falcao is one of the world's best strikers (©GettyImages)
Falcao is one of the world's best strikers (©GettyImages).

The whole world probably could be divided into two sets: Lionel Messi lovers and Cristiano Ronaldo lovers.

But if there is one player who seems to be carving out a niche for himself it's Colombian goalscoring machine, Radamel Falcao.

He may not win the FIFA Ballon d'Or this time around, but he is a force to reckon with.

He has been impressive ever since making his debut for Porto. After scoring on his debut in the Portuguese league, he continued it for the next three matches, making him one of the very few players to do so. He went on to score 34 goals for his side, 25 of which came in the league off just 28 games. An impressive turn out for any player. 

The very next season he went on to help Porto win the Europa League and the league title. His tally of 38 goals in just 42 was impressive, given that he had been playing in Europe for just two seasons. He also broke Jurgen Klinsmann's record tally of goals in the Europa league en route to his 18 goals from 16 games.

The following season he was sold to Atletico Madrid for a whooping €40m, which could go up to €47m on his performance. And the Colombian, brought in to replace Sergio Aguero, didn't disappoint.

Amassing an incredible 36 goals, 12 of which came in the Europa League, in 50 games he was behind only to the impressive duo of Messi and Ronaldo. He has come good for his national team as well, scoring 15 in 41 games with nine goals in his last 15 appearances.

Though Messi and Ronaldo did score way more than Falcao, one must take into account the service they get. While Messi has World Cup-winners Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas to set him up, Ronaldo has Mesut Ozil, Angel di Maria and Kaka in his team. Those are pretty big name players when compared to Raul Garcia, Tiago and the likes.

With many clubs ready to splash the cash for him, it seems highly unlikely that he will turn up next season in Atletico colours. Monaco seem to be frontrunners to sign the striker with a host of other clubs interested.

What is truly amazing is the fact that, for a player of his calibre, he hasn't played many Champions League games. He has been good, though, in the handful that he has. So, a move to Monaco doesn't make sense, especially considering the fact that he will have to wait a minimum of another season to play in Europe's elite club competition. A move to Monaco might improve his bank account, but certainly not his credentials.

Falcao should rather look to move to a 'bigger' club who can provide him with regular Champions League games and winners' medals in the future. With the likes of Chelsea and both the Manchester clubs interested, it would be gross stupidity to kick such an opportunity just for a few more millions.

Chelsea seems to be the most logical choice, as it would almost guarantee him a starting position, even though Fernando Torres has improved over the last couple of months and Romelu Lukaku most likely going out on loan. Demba Ba wouldn't really cause any trouble, either.

The services rendered to him would also improve vastly. It would be interesting to see what he can conjure with the talented trio of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar playing behind him.

He could very well have an explosive season and take the footballing world by storm, not that he hasn't already. Wherever he decides to play, one can be sure that he would be sensational.

 

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