Thousands of Atlético fans lined up outside of the Vicente Calderón Monday evening, in order to attend Colombian striker Radamel Falcao’s formal presentation.
Falcao, whom Atleti president Enrique Cerezo introduced as “a dream player that gives us hope”, was also accompanied by sporting director Jose Luis Caminero and former Rojiblanco idol Paulo Futre.
“Atletico are one of the best clubs in the world and this is a great league,” said the sharply-dressed 25-year-old.
“I’m happy for the effort the club made in order to bring me here, and the affection the fans have transmitted to me. The supporters were one of the things that made an impression on me the times I played against Atletico.”
In response to a question posed by a Portuguese reporter as to why he decided to leave Porto, a Champions League club, to come to Atlético, Falcao said he was ready for “a new challenge”.
The Colombia international was asked if he feels he can take the Pichichi trophy this year, given to the player who scores the most goals in La Liga.
“I don’t want to place my individual objectives ahead of the goals of the group,” he responded.
Regarding his expectations for the club, specifically, on whether he thinks Atleti should be fighting for the third spot in the Spanish first division, the striker said he doesn’t want to “place a ceiling on the team.”
He continued: “The illusion and conviction of each player can be infectious to the rest of the team and to the fans to help us get far.”
Finally, Falcao had some kind words for team-mate Diego Forlán.
“Forlan is an incredible forward, one of the best in the world,” he said.
“It would be great if he’d stay.”
After the striker answered all questions, he was presented with the number 9 shirt, which had been worn by Adrián in our last Europa League match against Vitória. It seems as if the former Deportivo man will concede his jersey to his new star team-mate.
Falcao then headed to the locker room to change into his new kit, before proceeding to the Calderón’s grounds where over 10,000 fans awaited him.