When Monaco announced they had secured the signing of Colombian sensation Radamel Falcao, the news was greeted with both disappointment and awe from football fans worldwide.
After scoring more than 150 club goals over the past four seasons, ‘El Tigre’ unsurprisingly attracted serious interest from a host of elite European clubs.
The 27-year-old was widely expected to lead the line at Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid or Manchester United next season.
However, the club with the deepest pockets usually get their man, and the former Atletico Madrid star sealed a stunning £50m move to bank-rolled Ligue 2 champions AS Monaco.
So, in the absence of Champions League football and playing in jam-packed 60,000-seater stadiums, has money alone led the Colombia international to snub Real, United and Chelsea for optimistic albeit lowly Monaco? Possibly.
According to Spanish newspaper, Marca, the powerful striker will earn roughly:
€14m per year
€1.16m per month
€269,230 per week
€38,356 per day
€1,598 per hour
€26 per minute
€0.44 per second
According to these figures, the Colombian is still some way off being the highest-paid footballer in the world - Samuel Eto'o of Anzhi Makhachkala rakes in €20m per season.
Let us know what you think: is Falcao really willing to take on the challenge of spearheading the Monaco revolution? Or is he only in it for the money?
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