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Falcao voted better than Real Madrid star in national survey

Radamel Falcao

In a national poll in their homeland, on-loan Manchester United striker Falcao was voted as the best Colombian player in recent years.

Radamel Falcao was voted over Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriquez and Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado in a national survey that asked viewers to vote for the best Colombian player in recent years. 

More than 3,000 people voted in the survey conducted by Futbol Total DirectTv, 65% of who put the on-loan United striker at the very top of the list. 

The survey was cut into two stages: First, the vote to select the top five which ended in Radamel Falcao, James Rodriquez, Teofilo Gutierrez, Juan Cuadrado and Carlos Bacca. Secondly, a final voted based on the top two in the first stage, in this case Falcao and James. 

Despite missing the World Cup through injury, Falcao won by a landslide - 65 to 35% - cementing his place as the Colombian national side's best player of his generation. 

Falcao has an emphatic record at international level that mirrors his fantastic club achievements. Since 2011, when he began to make a name for himself at Atletico Madrid, he has scored 15 international goals in 28 appearances. A record that nearly matches his club league goalscoring rate of goal every 0.6 matches. 

Nevertheless, James Rodriquez does have good reason to be disappointed to lose out in the voting, given the fact he won the 2014 World Cup golden boot with six goals. 

The 23-year-old helped an unfancied Colombian side all the way to the quarter-finals where they very nearly caused an upset against tournament favourites Brazil, however, it wasn't to be. 

Falcao, who is close to recovering from an injury that has largely ruined his season up to now, will no doubt be proud to have been named as Colombian's best and will hope to take that confidence onto the pitch for United. 

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