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Radamel Falcao has made it into the toughest line of the FIFA FIFPro World XI. The striker from the national team of Colombia and Atlético Madrid joins mainstays Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the third forward of the 2012 World XI.

 

Falcao makes his debut in the FIFA FIFPro World XI. The 26-year old striker came in third after Messi and Ronaldo and clearly beat his closest rival Robin van Persie: El Tigre received 32.2 per cent of the votes; RVP had to settle with 12.5.

 

Obviously, Falcao deserves this honour. With Atlético he won the Europa League and the European Super Cup. In the Europa League final against Athletic de Bilbao (3-0) Falcao scored twice and in the Super Cup final against Chelsea (4-1) he produced three goals. He became the first player to record a hat-trick in the Super Cup final.

 

Falcao is not only a proven winner and top goal scorer, apparently he is also concerned about football’s aesthetics. During the summer he managed to score with a bicycle kick in successive friendly matches. A unique feat. One of those goals (with Atlético against América de Cali) made the shortlist for the 2012 Puskas Award, FIFA’s Goal of the Year competition.

 

 

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