Radamel Falcao has been labeled Atlético’s ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ or ‘Lionel Messi’ by manager Diego Simeone, amidst rumours the striker is set to leave the club at the end of the season.
Simeone told the media, “Real Madrid have Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona have Messi, but we have Falcao. He scored yet another winner, and we’re delighted that he’s our striker.”
Falcao, who has scored 22 goals in La Liga and has 30 for the season, had been rumoured to be the target of some of Europe’s big clubs almost immediately since he replaced Kun Aguero last Summer.
Atlético director Clemente Villaverde dropped a hint after the match that Falcao could be destined to leave at the end of the season.
“Falcao’s the best player we have, so we should enjoy him until the end of the season,” Villaverde said.
The Colombian has been linked strongly with English clubs Chelsea and Manchester City, despite playing down the rumours.