Barcelona will face La Liga’s most prolific marksman this century outside the ‘big two’ when they try to resuscitate their already fading title hopes on Wednesday night.
Radamel Falcao has returned to Spain after joining Rayo Vallecano, and the Colombian has a higher goals-per-game career record (0.76) than everyone in La Liga history save Cristiano Ronaldo (1.07) and Lionel Messi (0.91).
The majority of those occurred between 2011 and 2013, when Falcao established himself as one of the game’s hottest properties at Atletico Madrid.
Falcao regained form and health with two excellent seasons at Galatasaray, scoring 20 goals in 43 appearances, after injuries disrupted later periods with Monaco, Manchester United, and Chelsea.
Rayo’s surprise transfer shortly before the transfer window closed sparked panic among fans who aren’t used to seeing such internationally recognized players – Falcao’s sole contender for the title of Rayo’s most famous player ever is Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez, who played for the club in the 1990s.
Source: BBC Sport