Falcao awarded the Portuguese Golden Ball
He’s been at Atlético for nearly 6 months now, but Radamel Falcao is still receiving accolades for the outstanding season he and FC Porto enjoyed in 2010/11.
El Tigre scored 38 times last year as the Dragons completed a League, Cup and Europa League treble, earning him the A Bola de Ouro award for the best player in the Portuguese Liga Sagres.
The trophy, handed out by newspaper A Bola, was presented to our number nine in Madrid’s Colombian Embassy on Monday. Accompanying him was club president Enrique Cerezo, agent Jorge Mendes, and wife Lorelei.
Speaking at the ceremony, Falcao could not hide his pride at winning the award.
“It is a great pleasure to receive such an important prize,” he said.
“I’m honoured to have succeeded the great players who have passed through Portuguese football. I have to thank God, my wife, teammates and my agent.”
The Colombian also spoke about the current situation with Atlético and new manager Diego Simeone, admitting that the team had made a marked improvement since Argentine’s arrival.
“Atlético are now a lot better.” he said.
“This is just the start, but I have the feeling our future is a lot brighter than before,”
“We are working hard to raise our level and compete with the best teams in the league.”
Apart from his improvement in front of goal, one aspect of Falcao’s game that has also been affected under Cholo is his discipline. The striker has already accumulated four yellow cards this year, meaning he is just one away from a suspension.
Some have suggested that the South American, who turns 26 on Friday, should be rested in our upcoming matches to ensure he doesn’t miss the crunch-clash with Barcelona at the end of the month. Falcao, however, is concentrating solely on the games ahead.
“Now our philosophy is clear, we must go game by game. The aim is to win in Santander, and then the same in the next game.” he said.
“Racing are a tough opponent, but right now all we are thinking about is getting the win in a difficult field.”
How impressed have you been so far by Falcao? Should he pick up an intentional yellow card on Saturday so that he can play against Barcelona?