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Falcao Receives Spine-Tingling Standing Ovation On His Return To Atletico Madrid

Falcao Receives Spine-Tingling Standing Ovation On His Return To Atletico Madrid

If you look back at Radamel Falcao's time at Atletico Madrid, then you'll fondly remember an incredible goal-scoring record and a hairstyle worthy of anyone's time.

Falcao scored an impressive 70 goals in 91 games for Los Colchoneros, establishing himself as one of the best strikers in world football at the time, with a number of top European clubs chasing his signature.

If you needed a goal, this guy was your man.

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At one point, the 32-year-old couldn't miss and Atletico fans remembered that when they gave him a standing ovation on his return to the club he held so dear to his heart.

It was a moment that will give you goosebumps.

Falcao went on to miss a late penalty against his former side as Atletico defender Stefan Savic received a second booking. It was a day the Colombian forward will never forget, though.

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His reception was wonderful, unlike his statue in Magdelena.

Falcao is the latest high-profile to have one erected and it's predictably utterly terrible. In his hometown, artist Antonio Irisma Arias has crafted an all-white 19 foot sculpture for Colombia's all-time top scorer.

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It features him pointing to the sky like his trademark celebration and even though it's apparently not fully finished just yet, it will take a miracle for it to look anything like 'El Tigre'.

The figurine is said to have cost £2,500 and you'd expect much better for that sort of fee. We'd love to know what Falcao thinks of it.

Explaining why he's made the monument to commemorate the Monaco striker, Irisma Arias said the following to El Tempo earlier this year:

"For his discipline, perseverance and fight he is an example for children and adults to follow. We feel proud of this son of Santa Marta and that is why we wanted to create this work in his name.

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"Everyone's wants him (Falcao) to visit the neighbourhood so that he can appreciate this heartfelt homage that he wanted to present him with affection and respect."

Anybody else remember when Falcao was unstoppable during his time at Atletico? *searches his highlight reel on YouTube*

Topics: Football News, Football, Atletico, Monaco, Madrid, Radamel Falcao, Champions League

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.