The stunning showdown was a night to remember and the Colombian star who provided all the entertainment knew it. Soon after Diego Da Silva Costa drew first blood, Radamel Falcao went on a goal-scoring spree to score five successive goals.
No player had ever achieved this feat in La Liga for over a decade. Radamel Falcao became the first man to score five goals in a game since playing for Fernando Morientes put five in the back of the net against Las Palmas in February 2002.
“I scored five in a game when I was little in Bogota,” Radamel Falcao told Atletico Madrid’s official website. “And I got four playing for Porto against Villarreal but never five as a professional.”
“I was very excited when I came to Atletico Madrid. It was a personal challenge to play in this great league with such a lot of good players.
“I am enjoying it. I have a great squad around me who are supporting me and helping me a great deal to develop as a professional.”
Radamel Falcao can now boast about 16 goals in 15 La Liga matches, which is three more than Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo but seven below the Barcelona football prodigy Lionel Messi.
The 26-year-old’s exploits has allowed Atletico Madrid to maintain second position in La Liga, just six points behind leaders Barcelona. Radamel Falcao’s impressive form has attracted a lot of interest from top notch European clubs.
Transfer requests from English clubs have been turned down a number of times during the past two years. The current list of clubs interested in acquiring Radamel Falcao’s services includes Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, who are leading the race to sign him in.
Radamel Falcao is rumored to make a move to Chelsea during the winter transfer window. If that is the case then Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will try to steal as much as he can from Chelsea, after all Radamel Falcao has proven to be a one-man army for his side.
“His people love him, his team mates respect him a great deal and they follow his lead on the pitch,” Argentine Simeone said. “Today is an historic day for him. I don't know if any other Atletico player will score five goals in a match. I hope that's the case.”
“Falcao represents ambition, excitement, always wanting more. When the game allows and he has his chances he really is very difficult to mark.”