A rather short period prior to this date, it was widely accepted that the prolific Colombian would be plying his trade for one of the host of top tier teams vying for his signature.
The transfer saga, albeit shorter than some other star names, had finally come to an end, and the striker capable of tearing teams apart (as Chelsea found to their dismay in the Super Cup), was on his way to the recently promoted French side.
Their intention this transfer window has been exhibited also by their signings of James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho from FC Porto. But one can’t help but wonder whether Falcao’s decisions were made for the good of his career, or for the good of his bank balance.
It is, of course, an exciting project. Their spending power is seemingly unrivalled in a climate where football is sold to the highest bidder, and it will be interesting to see whether their attempts to attract the cream of the crop will be supplemented by the money, or foiled by the league.
It can be argued that the French Premier division suffers from a lack of quality, however, in light of recent investments, it would be foolish to discount Ligue 1 and its allure on emerging talent.
The Champions League trophy has never settled in France and whilst this is a quite obvious aspiration of Monaco (and PSG), it still seems a rather long time since this becomes a reality.
Certainly, in my opinion, it will not be in Falcao’s remaining years. The former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid hitman is widely considered the best out and out number nine in the game - and the cynicism that accompanies his big money move to Monaco cannot be helped by football fans wanting to see the top talent in the top competitions.
After all, as spectators of the beautiful game we can only wonder what a player strives for more; silver in his cabinets, or gold in his pockets.
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