Manchester United’s new No.9 Radamel Falcao declared it “a dream come true” after completing his one-year loan from AS Monaco.
After finally signing for Manchester United, Falcao spoke to the club and admitted he had other offers.
“It’s a dream come true to join a club like Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’ve always dreamt of playing for one of the truly great teams and winning lots of trophies. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you can’t turn that down. I’m a huge fan on English football and I watch it whenever I can. Now the reality is I’m going to play there.I am delighted to be joining Manchester United on loan this season. Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and is clearly determined to get back to the top. I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal and contributing to the team’s success at this very exciting period in the club’s history.“
Rumours swirled last night as French press broke the story that Manchester United had registered an interest in the Colombian forward, having been strongly linked with Real Madrid and Manchester City in recent weeks.
Falcao’s goalscoring record is unparalleled across Europe, boasting a similar record to those of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. After joining Porto from River Plate, he bagged 72 goals in 87 games for the Portuguese side before earning himself a big money move to Atletico Madrid. He came to the fore as one of the world’s elite strikers with a hat-trick against Chelsea in the European Super Cup as Atletico romped to a 4-1 win. Falcao’s record at the Vicente Calderon was unrivalled bagging 70 goals in 91 games during his spell in Madrid. Monaco splashed out €60M to bring Falcao to Ligue 1 and scored 13 goals in 22 games before rupturing his ACL in January, ruling him out of last summer’s World Cup.
With Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney already at the club as senior strikers, Falcao’s addition gives Manchester United another dimension up front. Quick, strong with both feet and exceptional in the air Falcao will be pushing for a permanent starting role at Old Trafford.
The initial one-year loan deal gives Manchester United the option to purchase Falcao at the end of the season on a permanent basis, although the fee being reported varies from between £43.3M and £55M. The club are paying an initial fee of around £6M for the season-long loan.
Falcao is expected to take the vacant No.9 shirt at Old Trafford, last worn by Falcao’s former Monaco teammate Dimitar Berbatov.