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Radamel Falcao to Real Madrid saga: Why his signing would not make sense

Strong rumors from France and Spain are placing Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on Real Madrid for the next season, but the truth is that it would not make sense to sign him.

Didier Baverel

L'Equipe and As are reporting that Radamel Falcao is really looking forward to sign for Real Madrid. One year ago, that would've meant that the Colombian striker would now have one Champions League trophy on his home, but after his ACL injury and his departure to AS Monaco, it would not make sense for Real Madrid to make a move for him. Here's why.

  • Falcao has just recovered from a very serious knee injury that kept him out of the 2014 World Cup. Nobody knows how he will come back although it seems that he's doing just fine in Monaco's start of the preseason. He's 28 years old and those injuries are more concerning when the players gets older.
  • With Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale cutting to the center, Real Madrid's offensive system needs a striker capable of creating space for both wingers. There would be no room for all three players in the center and that's exactly where Falcao likes to play.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is getting older and that probably means he's going to adapt to the center striker position sooner rather than later, so Real Madrid won't need too many players for that spot in the near future.
  • Falcao is not an ambitious player. He managed to get Atlético de Madrid in the 2013-2014 edition of the UEFA Champions League and decided to join AS Monaco instead of testing his chances in Europe's biggest competition. Monaco's money was too attractive for him and that speaks for itself in terms of passion for the game.
  • He has a big contract with Monaco and Real Madrid will need to pay him a lot to bring him to the team. Furthermore, Monaco will not let him walk away for free when they paid 45M€ to sign him last summer.
  • Benzema doesn't need serious competition. The French striker does need a quality backup, but Falcao would likely not accept to play a secondary role in Real Madrid. And neither would Benzema.

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