A double Europa League winner, Radamel Falcao is one of the modern day’s most fearsome goal scorers in the sport. The Colombian heads into 2014 World Cup as a leading betting tip to be the tournament's top scorer – that’s if he can even make the World Cup however following a serious January injury.
A former FIFA Ballon d'Or and UEFA Best Player in Europe nominee, Falcao is one of the few in history to score five goals in a single La Liga match while playing for Atlético Madrid, the Colombian having previously played for River Plate during 2001-09 and Porto from 2009-11
Falcao’s CV at Porto reads a pleasant story, claiming a Primeira Liga title as well as two Portuguese Super Cups, a pair of Taça de Portuga crowns and famously scored the winning goal for the club in the final of the Europa League in 2010-11, scoring an alarming 72 goals from 87 appearances with the Portuguese start.
Falcao’s goal-scoring record is equally as astonishing at Atlético Madrid, netting 70 times from 91 appearances at the Spanish club and claiming a second Europa League title before moving to his current club, AS Monaco, upon which he has continued that trend of being deadly in front of goal.
Falcao has, since 2007, played 51 national games for Colombia and scored 20 times in that period until 2014. In 13 appearances during World Cup qualification matches, Falcao was equally as fearsome in front of goal as he netted a total of nine goals to see Colombia through to the summer tournament for his debut World Cup appearance.
The real question however is whether Falcao can even make it to the World Cup. The 27-year-old suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in a heavy tackle during a 3-0 French Cup win over Monts d'or Azergues, and required knee surgery which leaves him a major doubt. Initial surgery was successful however, and adds optimism despite the injury often said to take six to nine months recovery period.
Radamel Falcao World Cup Betting Tips
Assuming a speedy recovery does take place then, placed in an unpredictable group against Japan, Greece and Ivory Coast, Falcao will be the man to spearhead Colombia towards causing an upset or two along the way. He’s a solid betting tip to score first, last or anytime during individual match goalscorer markets.