Manchester City and Chelsea Target Falcao: The Best Striker In The World

The Colombian striker put Chelsea to the sword in the European Super Cup, scoring his second hat-trick in a week. Here's why he's the best in the business...
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The Colombian striker put Chelsea to the sword in the European Super Cup, scoring his second hat-trick in a week. Here's why he's the best in the business...

Falcao has picked up exactly where he left off last season, and his scintilating form has seen him again linked with a January move to Manchester City and Chelsea. Can Falcao do it on a wet Tuesday night in Stoke? Who cares!?

Firstly, yes. Yes Falcao could easily cut it in the English Premier League. That goes without saying. He’s not only one of the best strikers in La Liga, he’s one of the, if not the best ‘overall’ striker in the world.

On Friday night I enjoyed the UEFA Super cup as much as the next guy, but a real thorn in my side was the commentary from time to time, it was such things as, yes he’s a fantastic striker but there was a little hesitation in their tone, as to almost say, ‘Well if he’s not in the English Premier League it’s really hard to tell.’

This is a man that’s not only done it in La Liga, but he’s also scored goals for fun in Argentina with River Plate and he then went on to do it in Portugal with Porto. During his time at Porto and during his first season at Atletico he also scored against clubs from all over the world in the Europa League, hence the nickname ‘King of the Europa League’.

The commentators then went on to other ‘jokes’ such as, ‘Chelsea will be trying to sign him up at half time’ Let’s also get this out of the way, he was never going to leave Atletico this summer. He’s settled in and firing on all cylinders and he, along with his teams mates, will now be gunning for Champions League next season.

During his time at Porto and during his first season at Atletico he also scored against clubs from all over the world in the Europa League, hence the nickname ‘King of the Europa League’.

I’m struggling to come up with a reason as to why a player needs to go to a different league, in fact I’m struggling to figure out why a player needs to go to a certain league, the English Premier league to then be classed as a ‘cracking player’. Falcao, without doubt, is a ‘cracking player’ smothered with awards such as Portuguese Golden Ball award in 2011, the first Colombian to collect this award. In July 2011, Falcao was regarded as the fifth best player in Europe during the 2010–11 season through balloting by 53 sportswriters of the UEFA member associations. Since then, I think we can all agree, he’s just got better. So where does that put him now?

Also, Falcao was considered the second best goal scorer by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics for 2011 superseded only by Argentine Lionel Messi who was first. Not a bad feat now is it?

I don’t see many, if any, fans from other leagues thinking that Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard should move abroad to prove just how good they are. I’ve never heard Wayne Rooney being asked to move to La Liga to prove how good he is, that is because in my opinion he doesn’t have to. All of the mentioned players are top class players, that’s a fact.

What I also read online on Friday night, was that Falcao could also only do it in the Europa League, yes I laughed as well. Just because it’s the tournament his teams have played in doesn’t mean that’s his level. He was at Porto, won the Europa League and finished top goal scorer, and then done the same the following season at Atletico, coincidence? Possibly, but I’d like to look at it as a fantastic talent making an already good team, great.

I don’t see many, if any, fans from other leagues thinking that Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard should move abroad to prove just how good they are

Now I’m not only saying this because of what happened on Friday night, if this was the first time I heard it about in regards to Falcao, I’d do what I normally do, laugh it off and leave it. But yet again it’s came up that Falcao is good, but just how good?

I’d go as far to say that if he signed for any of the top four clubs in the English Premier League, he would become their best player, yes their best player. He’s that good, he really is. No disrespect to Atletico but Falcao could easily move elsewhere on talent alone, as I’ve said before he’s probably the best overall striker in the world. No, let’s not include Ronaldo or Messi, as they’re on their own level. Let’s just include every other player in the world and I’d stick my neck out and say he’s the best overall striker around at the present moment, on form.

I’m now hoping that because we’ve all seen him do it not just once but a numerous amount of times he’ll now be left alone to do what he does best, that’s score goals and continue being the best around for Atletico Madrid.

Maybe one day he’ll go on to the English Premier league and when that day comes then you’ll all know what I’m talking about, now don’t get me wrong, there are Premier League fans that already know how good he his, and to you I say well done.

But if in the future he does move, then I promise you now, he’ll not only score at the Britannia on a cold Tuesday night, he’ll most likely bag a hat-trick.

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