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Radamel Falcao – The Man Who Will Not Move to China

Monday 16th January 2017
He rejected 3 offers whilst playing for Chelsea two seasons ago, from 3 different mega-loaded Chinese super clubs – and he has turned another one down this morning. Radamel Falcao is a man who values pride over money.

Described as ‘the best striker in world football' during his time with Atletico by most of the Spanish press, he was sold to money-bags Monaco in Ligue 1 – a deal which he was reluctant to take as he repeatedly expressed he wasn't interested in the money and wanted to stay playing Champions League football. Yet again, proving he is a dying breed who plays for the love of the game.

However, the deal did go through and after tearing his ACL which kept him out of action for 9 months, he forced a loan move away from France in pursuit of the big stage, taking a 70% pay cut to join Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal's Red Army.
The form of Robin Van Persie limited his playing time at Old Trafford, and a few niggling injuries also harshly ended up in the Columbian being seldom seen in the royal red of Manchester United, managing only 4 Premier League goals in his first season in England – a staggering figure for a player who was so incredibly prolific in La Liga.

Unsatisfied with his first attempt at English football, he took a further pay cut which was never disclosed to the public; to join Chelsea the following season, once again on loan. Unfortunately the 30-year old suffered another ‘serious setback' and his 2015-2016 campaign at Stamford Bridge was also a disappointing failure.

During his time in London, he rejected 3 approaches, one even reportedly offering £400,00-a-week, from Chinese clubs stating that ‘he is not prepared to drop down into an isolated league for money' showing once more that he can't be tempted by the cash.

Well-known players such as Carlos Tevez, Demba Ba and Fredy Guarin have all moved to China in recent seasons and all, in my opinion, prematurely as they could have still performed on the pitch at the highest level for at least a few more seasons.

However, perhaps the most surprising Chinese switch was one of the most recent – Axel Witsel leaving Zenit St Petersburg for Tianjin Quanjian. The Belgian International apparently had a choice between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid; sides in which he would have achieved success for years to come. Being only 28-years of age, he would have fulfilled dreams of winning titles and retiring with a glittering trophy cabinet.

Instead, the midfielder was tempted by the lucrative and ludicrous offer of a £350,000-a-week contract and opted to take the money over success – a sad decision which he may live to regret in the years to follow.

Just this week Diego Costa has also been speculated with a move to Tianjin, which has disrupted the Chelsea training ground and reportedly led to arguments between player and coach, Antonio Conte. That forced the Italian Manager to leave the Spain international out of the starting 11 on Saturday, where they beat Leicester 3-0.

Now the same club, Tianjin Quanjian, have made an attempt to lure Falcao from France, where he is in great form having scored 15 goals in 14 competitive appearances and managing a goal this season every 58 minutes – an amazing record at any level.
However, if the past has a part to play in Falcao's decision, one would imagine that the money won't sway him to leave Monaco with a £50 million offer for the hitman tabled to the French side – and I think a lot of people will be hoping he stays in France during his prime and shows us all how good of a striker he really is.
Jack Read
Opinionated Football fan from Manchester. Venting my frustrations via means of Writing online.

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