Falcao – Monaco’s Prince or Pensioner?

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He was a man in demand, a striker being chased by Europe’s top sides before Monaco splashed the cash and signed Radmael Falcao. But has the club in the royal city signed a new prince, or a soon-to-be pensioner?

A news report from Colombian TV news station Noticias Uno, has alleged that the former Atletico Madrid player is not 27 years old, but in fact 29.

The channel claims that the records at one of Falcao’s primary schools, Colegio San Pedro Claver de Bucaramanga, show that the striker was born on February 10, 1984 while the player’s FIFA registration states that he was born on the same date only two years later, in 1986.

Radamel-Falcao-Celebration-HD-WallpaperIt is also claimed that Falcao attended a scheme called “pre-school transition” at the age of five, however this scheme no longer existed in 1991 – when Falcao officially would have turned five.

If the report turns out to be true, Falcao would have won the 2005 South American U-20 Championship at the age of 21 and also participated in the U-20 World Cup when he was overage.

There are also suggestions that Monaco may have been duped into paying over the odds for a player who may have fewer years left in his career. €60m for a player who will turn 30 in February.

These accusations have come following a disastrous debut for the Colombian’s new club when he was booked for a string of over the top challenges in the friendly against Augsburg recently. He then kicked the ball into the crowd before being taken off at half-time by manager Claudio Ranieri.

There has been no comment from Monaco or the player himself but Falcao’s father has denied the claims and believes that the confusion has come about through a clerical error at the school.

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