Radamel Falcao has revealed the reason behind his selection of the No.3 shirt following his move to the Spanish side Rayo Vallecano.
Falcao signed with Vallecano following the mutual termination of his contract in Turkey by Galatasaray after a disappointing spell.
The Colombian striker was once considered to be one of the most important in football. He played for numerous top teams during the last decade.
Recently, football fans joked that “football is dead” because the striker wore the No.3 shirt. This number is normally reserved for defenders.
Falcao now reveals the true reason for the selection of the number.
“I want to thank Fran Garcia, number three was available,” Falcao said after he joined Vallecano.
“For my father it had a lot of meaning, he transmitted to me the passion for this sport, he played with that number, it is the one he liked the most and what better than to play with number three.”
Falcao’s father tragically died of a cardiac arrest in 2019.
He had experienced a journeyman career in his native Colombia, most notably turning out for Independiente Santa Fe, and he represented his country at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
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The 35-year-old experienced the best spell of his career while in Spain at Atletico Madrid.
Falcao was quick to get his name on the scoresheet when he returned to his homeland.
Falcao brought back the past as he took control of the ball on the turn, bursting into the penalty area and before launching a shot into a far corner of the net.
It was Vallecano’s 3rd goal of Saturday’s game against Getafe.
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However, despite his fast start, Falcao is clear about his goals: “I know the objectives the team has very well. They are in our sights.
“I am very surprised of the quality of the squad. They have some amazing players.
“They all want to win. Once things begin to roll, we will be able to dream about a lot more than just staying up.