Radamel Falcao cut a forlorn figure as he was replaced in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Nantes.
With the big-spending south coast side searching for a goal, manager Claudio Ranieri opted to withdraw sharpshooter Radamel Falcao after 63 minutes, replacing him with Anthony Martial.
The Colombian striker was clearly unhappy at being substituted, and drudged off the pitch with a mix of frustration and bemusement.
Claudio Ranieri explained his actions after the game, and admitted that he was made the call for the good of the team.
“I did not want to take any risks with Falcao because before the game his thigh was painful but I still decided to start him,” the head coach told reporters after the game.
“It is normal that he is will be disappointed about being substituted but, as I said, I preferred not to take any risk with him.
“I do what’s best for Monaco, not what’s best for Mr Falcao. I don’t care how much he cost.”
Mounir Obbadi got the winner soon after the substitution, which keeps Monaco in third place, five points behind league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Falcao made a £51 million move to Monaco from Atletico Madrid in the summer, but has been repeatedly linked with a move to Chelsea.
The South American marksman is currently the top goalscorer in Ligue 1 with nine strikes, joint at the top with PSG duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.
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