AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has ended recent speculation about his real age, after releasing his birth certificate that proves he is 27-years-old.
Earlier this week it was widely reported that the Colombian international was in fact two years older than previously claimed - an accusation that would have made the former Atletico Madrid star 29.
In response, Colombian newspaper El Tiempo has released a photo of Falcao's birth certificate, which states he was born on February 20th 1986, in Santa Marta, which overrules the seemingly fake document produced by the South American striker's former primary school, Colegio San Pedro Claver de Bucaramanga.
Falcao took to Twitter on Wednesday to deny the allegations, saying: "I have been surprised with stories in the media about my age. They are totally ridiculous.
"I want to deny this and end this issue once and for all."
It's not the first time that Falcao has been forced to address uncertainty surrounding his age though, with the same issue arising during his playing days at River Plate.
But, having now established himself as a household name, following his recent £53million move from La Liga to Ligue 1, accusations such as this stand to have much more serious consequences.
Falcao will hope that the release of his birth certificate will now draw a line under the matter once and for all, so he can refocus his attention on preparing for the 2013/14 campaign, under the new stewardship of Claudio Ranieri at Monaco.
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