Radamel Falcao can revive Monaco's striking tradition

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Say the word Monaco and it brings to mind, luxury and a sense of style. It is renowned for its Formula One track and the drivers who stay there throughout the year. 

But, over the past few months, something else has usurped F1 and has taken centre stage. 

Something else, has been making more news than the tax-free souls who stay in Monaco. 

And the main reason for that, has been one man, Dmitry Rybolovlev. The past month has seen the arrival of several superstars like Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez and Ricardo Carvalho to the picturesque Stade Louis II. 

All of the aforementioned players have meant that, football has once again, become the talk of the town in Monaco.

This is certainly nothing new for the Monegasque, as their club have a rich history of winning trophies, long before the arrival of the Russian billionaire. 

In fact, with seven Ligue 1 titles and five Coupe de France wins, they are joint fourth on the list of clubs with most French league and cup wins.

In the early 90s, with the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann, Oliver Bierhoff and African Player of the year George Weah, their attack was a force to be reckoned with. 

As those players slowly moved away, another gem emerged in the form of future World Cup and European Championship winner David Trezeguet and Monaco continued to have a strong tradition of world class strikers. 

But, ever since the departure of Trezeguet, there have been several strikers who have tried to follow in the footsteps of the World Cup winning strikers, but to no avail. 

Emmanuel Adebayor, Javier Saviola and more recently Park Chu-Young have tried and failed to fill in the legendary boots of those before them.

All of that, should finally change, with the arrival of Falcao, a man who has scored over 100 goals in his first three seasons in European football, with at least 30 goals in each of the last four seasons. 

During that time, he helped Porto claim the treble and also became the first player to win back-to-back European titles with two different clubs. On a more personal note, he also surpassed Jürgen Klinsmann's record of 15 goals (17) in a single European campaign during the 2010/11 Europa League campaign. 

Whilst many believed that he could go no further, he notched up yet another record by becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in 2012, which was, incidentally held in Stade Louis II, the home of his current club.

With such a potent goalscoring record, which far exceeds the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Monaco might just have bagged a bargain, even at around €60 million

And they will be hoping that the man, nicknamed "The Tiger" makes Stade Louis his home and is on the prowl right from the start.


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