Following Atlético’s friendly victory over América de Cali at the local outfit’s Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero on Saturday, Rojiblanco boss Diego Simeone offered some very nice words about his squad’s pair of Cafeteros: Radamel Falcao and Luis Amaranto Perea.
After wishing his club’s second of three opponents of their Colombia tour the best of luck for the future, ‘El Cholo’ spoke about ‘El Tigre’ Falcao, who – pardon the possible exaggeration – scored the best goal of all time in the history of football with a ridiculous scissor-kick volley from the edge of the penalty box to open up the scoring on Saturday.
“Falcao is a player that has no ceiling,” said Simeone.
“He continuously demands more from himself. I’ve known him since he was younger and he’s not going to slow down regardless if he scores goals every Sunday. If he scores one, he wants to score two. If he scores two, he wants to score three.”
The Argentine tactician continued: “[Falcao] is an incredible professional. A man that represents Colombian football so well because of his manners, his respect and his professionalism.”
In response to questions regarding the striker’s fitness, Simeone, with a hint of irony, said: “With the scissor-kick goal he scored I think he’s doing okay.”
On departing eight-year Atleti veteran Luis Amaranto Perea, who, together with Falcao, will be joining the Colombian national team shortly in preparation for the next round of World Cup qualifiers, Simeone said:
“Luis is a kid that when he got to Atlético Madrid, things of destiny, he stayed in the room with me. I was leaving Atlético Madrid and he was arriving.”
Cholo continued: “I met a fantastic kid, a very serious man, a professional that we will surely miss.
“A guy that sets the tone, that sets an example of professionalism to follow and that for us, was very important. In my return to Atlético Madrid I found a bigger man with the same essence, and that’s the most beautiful thing a person can have, an unchanging essence.”