Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama has said that he is extremely grateful to Athletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao for raising the profile of the Colombian football.

A number of scouts have started showing interest in Colombia in the last couple of seasons due to the success of players like Radamel Falcao. The striker moved to Spanish club Athletico Madrid in a £ 35 million deal from FC Porto in the summer, while he was also linked with a move to Premier league club at Chelsea as well. He has proven to be a major success in Spain after scoring a bagful of goals in the league, while he has also secured the Europa league for the club.

Speaking on the occasion of the striker winning the Europa league, Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama has praised the striker by saying that he will be the source of great motivation for all of the Colombian youngsters, who are aspiring to become a professional footballer. Athletico Madrid managed to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the final of the Europa league, which helped him secure the trophy for the second time in three seasons. This time around, however, the name Falcao has a centre of attention because he has proven to be such a massive hit.

“We are all delighted here for what Falcao has done for Atletico Madrid, and the Colombian people are very proud because he is a player with a great eye for goal, which is not common. He is also a man who never gives up and he takes every opportunity that is placed in front of him. Great players are now coming out of Colombia, like the ones we had before with Freddy Rincon, Leonel Alvarez, Faustino Asprilla, Rene Higuita, Oscar Serna, Oscar Cordoba, Jorge Bermudez. To sum up, a fantastic group of footballers,” said Valderrama.

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