Jul 23, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT
Just when you thought technology had all the answers, wham, everything is thrown into doubt.
This morning reports are circulating that Colombian striker Radamel Falcao may actually be older than everyone previously thought.
After signing for Monaco from Atletico Madrid earlier this summer for a huge $78 million transfer fee, Falcao was believed to be 27.
But now evidence found in his home nation of Colombia suggest otherwise. Apparently Falcao is actually 29.
Surely he knew about this?
But the big question is, how will Monaco react to this after shelling out a huge some of money for a player they believed to be in his prime with many years ahead of him? Falcao has scored an incredible 142 goals in his last 177 games for FC Porto and Atletico, but could Monaco now expect less of a prolific return after this revelation?
Okay it’s only two years difference, but still, those two years make a huge impact on a soccer players career.
Falcao has some explaining to do.
So, in the report an old civil registration form suggests that Falcao was born in 1984 instead of 1986. According to Colombia’s Noticias Uno, one of Falcao’s primary schools claims the former Porto striker was born on Feb. 10, 1984 – making the striker 29 years old.
Additionally, the report states Falcao was born Colombia’s capital Bogota, not San Marta as everyone believed.
This is a mess.
But amongst all these allegations of age fraud and all the complications that brings with it, Falcao’s parents have rubbished the stories and put it down to a “clerical error.”
How many Radamel Falcao García Zárate’s are there in Colombia? Now we aren’t too sure.
So is this the first-time an age discrepancy has cropped up in soccer? Oh no.
Take U.S. national team star Freddy Adu as exhibit A. His age has been questioned on numerous occasions after he made his pro debut at the age of 14, this report suggests his actual birth date may never be found out after Adu was born in Tema, Ghana before moving to the USA at the age of 8.
And elsewhere in Africa, former Inter Milan defender Taribo West is apparently 12 years older than everyone believed. So West actually retired from playing soccer at the age of 51… instead of 39. His Nigerian teammates and former EPL stars Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu have also been accused of lying about their age.
So what do all these players getting from clouding the truth about their age? Well, for starters they get to have a longer professional career and make more money. But the toll on their body must be incredible.
Anyway, with Falcao’s secret reportedly out, let’s wait and see if any other soccer stars have a guilty conscience and reveal they’re actually older than they are.
This could get very interesting indeed.
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