Falcao’s youth transfers
Radamel Falcao career began at Lanceros Boyaca, dated as far as 28 August 1999, when he was age 13 and 199 days, thus becoming the youngest debutant at that level of Colombian professional football. Falcao was sold to River Plate of Argentina in February 2001 for a $500,000 fee. Falcao began his career in the youth team of Argentine football, where he was playing in the eighth division. River coach Leonardo Astrada gave Falcao his professional debut in the 2005 Torneo Clausura, on 6 March 2005, in a game that the club won 3–1 to Instituto de Córdoba.
Porto era begins
Falcao joined Porto of the Portuguese Primeira Liga after moving to Europe on 15 July 2009 for a €3.93 million transfer fee for 60% of his economic rights after Porto sold striker Lisandro López to Lyon. In the transaction, Porto also sold Mario Bolatti for €1.5 million to a third party owner, Natland Financier B.V., in exchange for 35% of the economic rights of Falcao. Falcao was planning to sign a deal with Porto, but the leaders were reluctant to pay an additional €700,000 requested by Falcao dictated the end of negotiations; days later, Falcao joined Porto.
The king of Atletico
On 18 August 2011, Porto announced they had agreed on a fee with Atlético Madrid for the transfer of Falcao. The transfer fee was €40 million with the fee potentially rising to €50 million based on performance-based clauses, making him the most expensive player in the club’s history. Falcao made his Atlético debut on 10 September away to Valencia, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 defeat. In the 2013 Copa del Rey Final, Atlético went on to win 2–1 and beat their arch-rivals Real Madrid for the first time in 14 years. This was Falcao’s first and only domestic cup title with Atlético.
Monaco, loan periods, Monaco again.
Atlético Madrid general manager Miguel Ángel Gil Marín announced that he or the club would not stop if Falcao he finally decides to leave in the next summer transfer window. On 31 May 2013, newly promoted French Ligue 1 side Monaco announced they had reached an agreement with Atlético for a transfer. Falcao then signed a five-year contract worth to be around €60 million, with his net annual salary at Monaco being reported to be around €18.2 million.
On 1 September 2014, Manchester United agreed to sign Falcao on loan for £6 million subjects to a medical examination with an option to sign permanently for £43.5 million (€55 million) at season’s end. He earns up to £265,000 per week at the club. At season’s end, he was adjudged by many to be among the worst signings of the season. United announced their decision to sell out Falcao on 24 May 2015, after ending a spell at the club in which he scored four goals in 29 appearances.
On 3 July 2015, Chelsea signed Falcao on a season-long loan deal with the option of a permanent transfer at the end of the season. Later was it revealed that the fee was set at £38 million (€50 million). Midfielder Mario Pašalić went to Monaco on loan in exchange for Falcao joining Chelsea. On 15 January 2016, new manager Guus Hiddink confirmed that his injury was far-reaching. He was dropped from the team’s Champions League squad the following month, in favor of new addition Alexandre Pato.