Lima, January 2, 2022Updated on 02/01/2022 01:10 pm
Two seasons were enough for Radamel Falcao to earn the respect and affection of the entire Atlético de Madrid fans. During his visit to the home of the ‘Colchoneros’, now wearing the Rayo Vallecano shirt, the Colombian received a deafening ovation from the public that attended the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Minute 76 of the commitment and the ‘Tigre’ Falcao stood on the edge of the field to replace Santi Comesaña. As soon as he stepped onto the grass, the fans of the red-and-blue cast stood up to applaud the gunner. Without a doubt, a great recognition for a footballer who always responded with goals when he was in the Vicente Calderón stage.
Radamel Falcao arrived at Atlético de Madrid in the 2011-12 season, after his successful stint at Porto. The ‘coffee grower’ stayed in the capital of Spain for one more campaign and then went to Manchester United. Right away, the ‘9’ went through Chelsea, Monaco from France, Galatasaray from Turkey and returned to LaLiga this season, but with Rayo Vallecano.
In two years with the ‘Colchoneros’, the forward played a total of 91 commitments and scored 70 times. Likewise, the Colombian attacker lifted the Copa del Rey trophy at the local level. While, in the international arena, he won the Europa League title and then the UEFA Super Cup.
Among COVID-19, among the casualties of Joao Félix, Griezmann, Koke or Llorente, among Simeone’s worst streak at the helm of Atlético de Madrid, among the most insistent doubts about an imposing era and among the scoring drought that he suffers Luis Suárez, this Sunday Ángel Correa emerged, a decisive double scorer to reactivate the rojiblanco team, relocated in fourth position and an undeniable winner against Rayo Vallecano, who left the Metropolitano without shooting on goal.
A decisive match that completes Atlético’s worst sequence of defeats in the League of the decade -four in a row-, which restores him to the Champions League places, an unavoidable objective, and which reassembles his conviction, no matter how much the title today is an apparently impossible question (he is 14 points behind the leadership of Real Madrid with one less game) and that his reality is quite different from the one he enjoyed last year as champion and from the one that was demanded at the beginning of this campaign .