The Colombian's plight has been quite staggering.

Radamel Falcao: from hero to zero in European football

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After arriving at Manchester United in September 2014 on a season-long loan from Monaco, football fans were excited to see the prolific Radamel Falcao grace the Premier League.

However, after a largely uninspiring season with the Red Devils, the striker finished the season with just four goals in 29 appearances and failed to earn a permanent move.

This season, the Colombian hitman joined Chelsea on loan to prove his worth and restore his world-class reputation, yet half way through Falcao finds himself with just one goal to his name and his days at the top numbered.


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But can Falcao still do a job for one of Europe's elite sides? Or has he well and truly lost it?

It's important to remember just how good the 29-year-old once was. Seventy-two goals in 87 games at Porto over two seasons helped the Portuguese side to the treble in the 2010/11 season, also setting a record for 17 Europe League goals scored in one campaign.

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After his success in Portugal, the Colombian then joined Atletico Madrid. At the Vicente Calderon, he scored 70 goals in 91 games, again single-handedly tearing apart opposition defences. During his two seasons in the Spanish capital, Falcao played an integral part in a side that won the Copa del Rey, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup.

Monaco was to be his next destination in a deal worth a reported £51 million, but injuries over the course of two seasons at the club hindered his progress. He still managed 13 goals in 22 games, though.

Chelsea v Crystal Palace - Premier League

And now, after two turbulent loan spells in the Premier League, Chelsea are looking to end his deal and cast him back to France's principality - where he is no longer wanted.

Wages are proving the biggest issue, with Falcao currently on £140,000-per-week at Stamford Bridge and Monaco unwilling to match such a packet. There's little doubt, however, that he must take another wage cut to establish himself elsewhere and salvage his career.

As the famous old saying goes - form is temporary, class is permanent - and if a lesser side in European football were to take a risk with Falcao, they could well be rewarded.

Everton v Chelsea - Premier League

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has recently been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, and perhaps Falcao's departure and arrival at the King Power Stadium as a way luring the Englishman could benefit all parties.

One thing is for sure: the Colombian's next move could make or completely break his career.

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