Falcao's Fantastic Five
10 December 2012
Radamel Falcao was over the moon on Sunday, after he scored five goals in a match for the first time in his career.
The Colombian international striker demolished Deportivo La Coruna to take his tally for Atletico Madrid to 16 in 15 matches so far this season.
He is almost certainly the best out-an-out striker in the world based on his unstoppable form over the past two years, and is arguably the second best player in La Liga at the moment.
“I scored five in a game when I was little in Bogota," ‘El Tigre’ told Atletico's website on Sunday night.
"And I got four playing for Porto against Villarreal but never five as a professional.
"I was very excited when I came to Atletico Madrid. It was a personal challenge to play in this great league with such a lot of good players
"I am enjoying it. I have a great squad around me who are supporting me and helping me a great deal to develop as a professional."
Falcao’s latest confirmation of his single-minded hunger for goals is sure to increase the clamour for his signature.
But for now he remains Atleti’s most lethal weapon, and the player most responsible for ensuring Los Rojiblancos continue to enjoy an edifying five-point lead over their neighbours Real Madrid.
And Atletico manager Diego Simeone says that while Falcao remains at the Vicente Calderon, the club will relish his presence in their midst.
"[Falcao’s] people love him, his team mates respect him a great deal and they follow his lead on the pitch," Simeone said simply.
"Today is an historic day for him.
"I don't know if any other Atletico player will score five goals in a match. I hope that's the case.
"Falcao represents ambition, excitement, always wanting more. When the game allows and he has his chances he really is very difficult to mark."