UPDATE: Following the media frenzy created by his father’s controversial comments (see original report below), Falcao has posted the following message on his Twitter account:
“To make it clear to the whole world: My dream is to continue winning titles with Atlético Madrid and to qualify for the World Cup with Colombia.”
When rumours first surfaced late Tuesday evening suggesting that Atlético striker Radamel Falcao’s father, Radamel García, had claimed his son’s dream had always been “to play for Real Madrid”, they were almost immediately dismissed as nothing more than Twitter lore.
I mean, who could believe that someone could be so foolish? To say that Colchonero idol Falcao, days after celebrating perhaps the most important victory in Rojiblanco history, is a closet Madridista?
But then, all hell broke loose Wednesday night when the Spanish press got a hold of the audio recording of the elder (but obviously not the wiser) Falcao’s comments made to Colombian radio station Todelar.
Not only did ‘El Tigre’s’ pops reveal that our lethal forward’s dream was to play for our bitter rivals Real Madrid, but that it is “his current objective”.
“His dream is to play for Real Madrid,” Radamel García said on the ‘El Gran debate de Todelar’ programme last Friday.
“Since he was a boy he’s always wanted to play there. Other teams in Europe like Chelsea and Manchester City were interested in him. If he can’t play for Real Madrid, he’ll play for a team in England.”
The blathering continued: “Of course he wants to go to the 2014 World Cup, but most of all, he wants to go to Real Madrid.
“He will change teams at the end of the year”.
Coincidentally (or likely not), Spanish television programme ‘Punto Pelota’ reported on Tuesday night’s broadcast that Real were very interested in signing Falcao for next season, even claiming that all parties were in agreement and the sale price would not surpass the €50 million mark.
History is once again repeating itself in Rojiblanco land, as this situation brings to mind Sergio Agüero’s tumultuous exit, where it was also made known by a father figure, on that occasion by ‘Kun’s’ father-in-law Maradona, that the player was interested in joining the no-European-trophies-in-over-ten-years-versus-our-four side.