Radamel Falcao sustained a knee injury during Monaco’s match against Chasselay some weeks ago and now the Colombian superstar is doubtful if he can be fully fit for the 2014 World Cup which starts in June.
The star of As.Monaco was expected to be the main driving force behind Colombia for the World Cup as they have to face off against Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan. While it still remains uncertain if Falcao will be ready in time for the worldwide competition, some coaches believe that he will be playing at the World Cup.
According to the head coach of As.Monaco, Claudio Ranieri stated that the recovery of Falcao is going on well and he thinks he should be ready in time.
‘I had Radamel Falcao on the phone yesterday; He’s doing well and working hard. His knee is reacting very positively; I think he’ll play at the World Cup.’ Ranieri told the official club’s website.
The injury that Falcao sustained is so serious that As.Monaco signed Dimitar Berbatov as a replacement until the Colombian star can get back to his feet and play for his club. This is Colombia’s first World Cup since 1998 and the absence of a player with the caliber of Falcao will surely be noticed.
Carlos Valderrama is a former captain of Colombia and he is one of the latest figures to talk about the situation of his country and he also believes that Falcao should be able to recover just in time for the 2014 World Cup.
When Valderrama was asked if Falcao was going to make it into the World Cup, he replied by saying yes.
‘’I think that he can make it in time and if he continues working at the same pace, he definitely will. If something happens and he is somehow unable to fully recover in time, then there will be problems but the team has a positive energy and there are other players that are still capable of scoring goals but it will not be the same if Falcao is not in the team’’.
Carlos Valderrama retired from playing professional football back in 2002, but the star of Colombia is still in touch with the sport outside of the pitch. When he was promoting a movie in which he starred, journalists took the chance to question him about a number of things, including the upcoming 2014 World Cup.
His national team, Colombia was pitted against Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan and when asked about the situation of the nation, he stated that it is a tough group but the squad has the capacity to perform well.
‘’First of all, I want Colombia to play well. If they can manage on doing that then they will be able to advance into the next stages of the worldwide tournament. The 1st match is crucial, not only for us but for all the other nations. I am saying this with my own experience and I know that everyone feels the same way. It’s a match that if we can manage to win it, then we can continue with the same momentum for the rest of the games’’.
When Valderrama was asked about which his favorite nation is, he responded by saying Argentina and went on praising Lionel Messi.
‘’Messi is going to do impressive stuff, because he is a brilliant player and his age’’.
Now that Valderrama is off of the pitch, he recently starred in a movie with the director Nestor Montalbano and the remaining questions made by the journalists took a step more into the role he made in his latest acting service.
He stated that he never thought about playing a part in a movie and the only thing of that nature he had done was some years ago in Colombia where he made commercials and he would like to continue acting if the chance opens up.
The legendary Colombian player Carlos Valderrama recently spoke to the press about the admiration he has to Cesar Cueto saying that he always learned from him.
‘’We always learned from the professor Cesar Cueto, the teacher Cesar’’. Stating that he has the good fortune of starting his professional career at the age of 18 only 1 year after he came to Medellin. ‘’Cueto can be called a crack and that is a title that not everybody can be recognized as’’.
He later went on stating his prediction for the upcoming 2014 World Cup. ‘’ My favorites are Brasil and Argentina but in Europe Spain and Germany are looking like the teams to beat’’.
Carlos Valderrama continued speaking in his recent interview but this time shifted his focus on Teofilo Gutierrez of River Plate, stating that the player has to be quiet and adapt to the Argentinean club.
‘’Teofilo Gutierrez was brought to River Plate in order to solve problems not to create them. In football you have to talk in the pitch’’
The 28 years old forward Teofilo Gutierrez had already stated that the style of play of the head coach Ramon Diaz was uncomfortable which is why Carlos Valderrama responded by saying that he has to adapt playing in a new club and you can’t expect the entire team to change and adapt just for 1 player and even less if you were brought into the club hoping to solve some of the recent problems that have been emerging for the club and not make matters worse by creating even more hardship.