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The experienced Colombian striker, who scored 70 goals in 91 games for Los Colchoneros during a two-year spell in Madrid, went up against his former club on Sunday afternoon.
As you can see in the footage below, Falcao received a hero's welcome as he replaced Santi Comesana with 15 minutes left inside the Wanda Metropolitano. This is great to see.
Atleti fans give Falcao a standing ovation 👏 pic.twitter.com/410gEZgcML— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 2, 2022
The arrival of Falcao was not enough for Vallecano to spark a comeback against Diego Simeone's side as a brace from Angel Correa sealed an important 2-0 win.
Away from the result and it was that wholesome moment involving the 35-year-old forward that inevitably grabbed the headlines.
Falcao gets a standing ovation from the Atletico Madrid fans at the Wanda as he comes on for Rayo. What a player he was for them.— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) January 2, 2022
The moment Radamel Falcao entered the pitch and got a standing ovation from the fans👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/IIeaIP2ApE— Atletico Universe (@atletiuniverse) January 2, 2022
Falcao was handed the number three jersey for the 2021/22 campaign as he returned to Spanish football for the first time since 2013.
"It is an opportunity for my career, I am very happy to join this institution," he said after completing the move.
"It is a place where they will give me all the confidence to be able to give my best and be part of a team with a very nice spirit.
He added: "I know several players from there, they have transmitted to me what the dressing room, the coaching staff are like, so I feel very proud to be part of this club and to return to a league that I already know, which is very competitive and surely it will allow me to continue growing."
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