Manchester United star Falcao reveals he could have played baseball instead of football

The Colombian striker has made it clear football was not always his only love.

While Manchester United fans have not yet had the pleasure of seeing him in full flow, there is no doubt that Radamel Falcao is a truly gifted footballer.

The Colombian striker has an incredible goalscoring record at teams such as River Plate, FC Porto and Atletico Madrid and is currently at Manchester United on a season-long loan from As Monaco.

Unfortunately repeated injury and condition issues have got in the way of his progress at United, but once he is fully fit there is no doubt United fans will get to see him in full flow.

But what would he be doing if he wasn't playing football.

It is often spoken about, what would professional footballers do if they were not in the day job?

Most had a back-up sport. James Beattie could have been a top swimmer, Hugo Lloris was a top ranked French tennis teenager and Phil Neville was an excellent young cricketer.

For Falcao however, baseball was his fall back. He told Inside United about his childhood in Venezuela and Colombia that he was a pretty nifty baseball player:

"I started playing football at five in a little club in Venezuela as a child because my father was playing there already. It was there where I also learned how to play baseball. I was very good at it and played that a lot. When I was a little bit older, my father decided to move to Colombia as he said it would be better for us to be there so that was when we relocated. I gave up baseball and, obviously, went on to play football."

Manchester United fans will now be hoping Falcao can become a home run signing for the club.

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