AS Monaco revealed their new shirt this weekend. Falcao is front and centre in the pics, but will he ever get to wear it properly.
AS Monaco have one of the most iconic shirts in football. The red-and-white halves are legendary and one that conjures up memories of Thierry Henry, Jurgen Klinsmann and George Weah among others.
The club from the principality have changed shirt supplier from Macron to Nike from next season, and the publicity photos looked menacing and regal, in the back drop of “The Rock”. Colombian striker Radamel Falcao is front and centre of Nike’s promo pics, but there is a chance that the Chelsea target might never get to wear the shirt for a competitive match.
Falcao has not featured for Monaco since he suffered a terrible knee injury in a Coupe de France game against Monts d'Or Azergues. The Colombian striker has been taking part in some serious rehab, hoping to make the 23-man squad that Colombia take to the World Cup in Brazil. Jose Pekerman will likely wait until the last minute to make a decision on the striker, but the rumours are that he will likely miss out.
Given the rest of the summer to fully recover, it seems he will be ready and willing to go come the start of the new Ligue 1 season at the start of August. However, the question remains if he will still be part of the squad come the start of the season.
Chelsea are long-term admirers while Real Madrid would also likely be interested if there was a deal to be done. It was a huge surprise when the Monegasque club confirmed the deal to take him to Monte Carlo from Atletico Madrid; many thought it was a stop-gap deal before he was allowed to move elsewhere, and then when his form in Ligue 1 dipped, the rumours returned.
Falcao only managed to score twice in his last 10 league games, the physicality of the league, plus the style of Monaco’s play did not quite suit the Colombian. He only managed one full game after his was substituted in the 63rd minute against Nantes in November.
Once declared fit, it will be very interesting to see if any of Europe’s top clubs make a bid for his services. Monaco will hope that qualification to the Champions League will be enough to keep him at the club, but whether or not Falcao is up for the challenge in France will be an interesting narrative this summer.