Rumors regarding Radamel Falcao’s age haven’t surfaced for quite some time now. Following his move to Manchester United, they’re back.
Some people still don’t seem to be satisfied that the Colombian forward is 28, as conflicting reports suggest he is actually 30.
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According to several UK publications, questions over Falcao’s age came up during his Deadline Day negotiations with United and the Red Devils were satisfied with the documents he produced to prove his age. A spokesman for United released the following message via the Press Association: “We were aware of the rumors at the time and it was never an issue.”
Okay, so what’s this all about?
This all stems from his move to AS Monaco from FC Porto last summer, as the player United have signed on a season-long loan for $9 million, with a view to a $80 million permanent deal, was said to be two years older than previously thought. That led to Falcao having to produce statements and send out a copy of his birth certificate to clarify his age, but the superstar striker (who has scored 155 goals in 200 games in European soccer) still has his age questioned a year on.
Below is some more background info from our report last summer, as Falcao’s parents put the query down to a ‘clerical error.’
So, in the report an old civil registration form suggests that Falcao was born in 1984 instead of 1986. According to Colombia’s Noticias Uno, one of Falcao’s primary schools claims the former Porto striker was born on Feb. 10, 1984 – making the striker 29 years old.
Additionally, the report states Falcao was born Colombia’s capital Bogota, not San Marta as everyone believed.
Why is this a big deal? Well, if he’s lied about his age, United may sign Falcao permanently next May and only get two or three years service out of him instead of the four of five they believe they will get in his prime.
In the past the Nigerian trio of Nwankwo Kanu, Jay-Jay Okocha and Taribo West have all been accused of lying about their age, while question marks hung over Freddy Adu during his early years at D.C. United. Also, this Lazio youngster recently had his aged questioned despite being 17 but looking like he was in his 40s.
Will we ever find out if Falcao is two years older than everybody thinks he is? Probably not. Manchester United aren’t losing any sleep over it but maybe they should be?