Radamel Falcao has become the latest footballer to choose a shirt number that, historically speaking, doesn't belong to a striker - and his decision has annoyed football purists around the world.
It was announced earlier this month that the former FC Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco striker has officially completed a move to La Liga side Rayo Vallecano after his contract was terminated at Galatasaray.
The 35-year-old, who also enjoyed loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea, will wear the number three jersey during the 2021/22 campaign as he returns to Spanish football for the first time since 2013.
The latest in a long series of strange shirt numbers: Radamel Falcao will wear the number 3 for Rayo Vallecano. pic.twitter.com/XSGWYfYTVn- Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) September 14, 2021
But his unusual shirt number hasn't exactly received the warmest of welcomes.
On the topic of absolute blasphemy and outrage, Rayo Vallecano have, seemingly, given shirt no.3 to Radamel Falcao.- Jonas Adnan Giæver (@CheGiaevara) September 14, 2021
That is ... Colombia legendary striker Radamel Falcao. He is wearing NUMBER 3. For RAYO VALLECANO. pic.twitter.com/ZTQqtDrAjD
Falcao is going to wear the number 3 kit for Rayo:sob::sob::sob: pic.twitter.com/sCFk0za1ZW- Hashimi (@HashimiATM) September 14, 2021
"It is an opportunity for my career, I am very happy to join this institution," he said.
"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.
"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."
Radamel Falcao will join Rayo Vallecano as free agent in the next hours, confirmed. The agreement has been reached and completed. Official announcement pending. :tiger::flag_co: #transfers- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2021
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