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.

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.

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.

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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