Both Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao were the most sought after strikers in the world this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, the two newest and biggest money bags in Europe wanted - and got - their respective strikers. Monaco bought Falcao, PSG bought Cavani.
But the two best strikers in the world were set to go head-to-head in the league with the fastest rising profile in the world. Who will have the edge?
Prior to their respective moves to France, Cavani played in the Serie A with Napoli while Falcao plied his trade with Atletico Madrid in the La Liga. Last season both strikers lifted their teams to the highest heights possible.
Falcao's goals propelled Atletico to third place in the La Liga and Cavani fired Napoli to second place behind Juventus in Italy.
To say the least, they were outstanding for their former employers and somewhat indispensable.
As far as the Ligue 1 is concerned however, Colombian goal machine Falcao stands a better chance to fare better than his Uruguayan counterpart. And the reason is simple.
At their former clubs, both Cavani and Falcao were the main strikers.
They played almost every match and had the team built around them. In France, Cavani has to share the striker role with Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimivic.
That means a reduced role of importance in the team and, depending on the formation employed by Laurent Blanc, either striker could spend considerable time on the bench.
This is not good for a striker of either Cavani’s or Ibrahimovic's calibre.
For Falcao, Monaco is embarking on an ambitious but rich quest to conquer Ligue 1 at the first time of asking since promotion. And Falcao is the focal point of that quest.
He is the undisputed star, the lead actor in the drama; and he has a wonderful supporting cast to make the Monaco Revolution a box office.
Falcao has not failed yet in shouldering responsibilities such as the one he has to shoulder in Monaco; he did it in Porto, he did in Madrid.
For these reasons, Radamel Falcao stands a better chance of seizing supremacy in France and write himself into consciousness as the better striker of his generation.
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