What makes El Tigre tick?

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Six minutes into the first half of the 2012 European final, Falcao receives the ball at his feet. Dancing into the box he toys with the defender. It seems like there’s nothing on. But El Tigre has other ideas. A gracefully executed stepover creates the space. And with a delicious left foot curler, the Colombian striker sends Madrid fans into a state of pure ecstasy. It was a thing of beauty. A perfect balance between instinct and technique – the work of an artist.

Radamel Falcao has scored so many goals. Finishing is in his blood. And his hunger for making the net bulge is relentless. El Tigre’s brace on that epic night in Bucharest is only one jaw-dropping highlight in a truly awesome career. Stunning hat tricks in big finals, league and European goals galore and records smashed into pieces – Falcao is worldclass.

You would think that netting over 160 career goals and holding the record for the most goals scored in a single annual European club football competition might give the Colombian striker a massive ego. And you’d be forgiven for believing that the first player in history to win two consecutive European titles with two different teams might spend a few extra hours checking himself out in the mirror every morning. Not Falcao.

El Tigre is a beast on the pitch. But humble off it. So what drives the superstar? He’s not in it for the glory. In fact, he doesn’t even know his own stats. It’s all about helping the team. And the best way for him to do that is to score goals, pure and simple.

Focus, passion and a love for the game – these are the things that make Falcao tick. And with nine goals already this season, there’s no doubt that he’s on top of his game.

Tigre, we salute you.