Thursday, 27th September, 2012
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao insists he is not battling to be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Colombian talent has been in inspired form for Atletico since joining the club from FC Porto last summer. And he quickly signalled that he intends to pick up where he left off for this campaign by smashing a truly memorable hat-trick past Chelsea’s Champions League-winning defence as Atletico claimed the UEFA Super Cup with a 4-1 victory.
Comparisons are now beginning to be regularly made between the former Porto man and La Liga rivals Messi and Ronaldo, and while that is understandable, Falcao insists he is not in the game to compete with the pair, but just to score goals.
“I’ve never said that I want to fight with Cristiano and Messi”, declared Falcao at a press conference.
“I just want to score goals and help my team, nothing more.”
And the Colombia star stressed the fortunes of Barcelona and Real Madrid do not concern him.
“The only thing I’m bothered about are our own affairs.
“We play against 19 teams, not just Real Madrid and Barcelona.”
Falcao was on target twice last night as Atletico beat Real Betis 4-2 in La Liga.
Diego Simeone’s men are currently second in the Spanish top flight after five games, just two points behind first-placed Barcelona, having enjoyed an excellent start to the season.
Atletico have won four and drawn one of their five league games, scoring 15 goals and conceding seven.