Ahead of the crucial third round of games, Columbia skipper Radamel Falcao is expected to play an important role. The South Americans started the tournament slowly with Japan defeating them. However James Rodriguez return was a much needed boost in the second game against Poland. The former Real Madrid star has scored six times and had four assists in seven World Cup games for Columbia so he sorely missed in their first game.
Juan Fernando Quintero and Juan Cuadrado also gave outstanding performances aside Falcao and James to guarantee the 3-0 mauling of their Polish rivals. It was in the game that Falcao got his first World Cup goal, having missed the 2014 edition due to injury. After defender Yerry Mina scored the first goal through a header, Falcao scored the second goal before James provided a wonderful assist which Cuadrado converted.
Radamel Falcao has had a somewhat zigzag career path but today he is the star player in the Monaco team. The Ligue 1 man has faced several stumbling blocks on the path here but for footballers there are many factors beyond their control.
Falcao is one of the proven top strikers in the last decade, playing competitive football across Europe. He has shown that truly form is temporary and class is permanent. The Columbia international was born in Santa Marta – the same city where one of the country’s best soccer players Carlos Valderrama was born. He was born into football, been named after Pulo Roberto Falcao and hearing of the great Valderrama growing up.