The controversy surrounding Falcao’s real age seems to be finished after his birth certificate was made public by Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.
The publication had access to the official document from the public notary where the new Monaco striker was registered in the northern coast city of Santa Marta.
The document states that Radamel Falcao García Zárate (his complete name) was born on February 10th, 1986 in Santa Marta, dismissing the earlier report that said he was born two years earlier according to a record found in a school in the city of Bucaramanga.
On Tuesday, Falcao quickly dismissed the rumors about his age calling them “ridiculous” on his Twitter account.
The controversy about the Colombian star is not new. While he was playing at River Plate, a similar rumored surfaced when at the time he played the Under-20 World Cup.
- The brilliant and prolific striker Radamel Falcao is Colombia's best soccer ambassador right now. Now turning 27, Terra recounts the biggest moments in his career. Photo: Especial Terra
- Falcao debuted as a professional at a very young age. He played his first game at 13 years and 199 days on August 28th, 1999, for second division club Lanceros. The next year he played in 7 competitive matches and scored 1 goal. Photo: elespectador.com
- After training with Millonarios, the club he is a fan of, River Plate bought him in 2001 and became a memeber of the youth teams. He debuted with the first team in 2005, scoring 7 goals in 11 matches in Apertura torunament. Photo: AP
- He stayed with River untill 2009, scoring 45 times in 109 matches and winning the Clausura 2008 title. He also scored his first hat trick as a professional on September 28th, 2007 vs Brazil's Botafogo for Copa Sudamericana. Photo: AP
- He was transferred to Porto for about 4 million euros in 2009, where he became an idol, thanks to his goals scored in the Portuguese League and the Europa League. Photo: Getty Images
- With the Portuguese club, Falcao won 1 league title (2011), 2 Portuguese Cups (2010 and 2011), three Super Cups (2009, 10 and 11) 11). He scored 73 goals in 84 matches in all competitions. Photo: Getty Images
- Falcao shined in the 2010'11 Europa League, leading Porto to the title and finishing as top scorer of the tournament with 17 goals, which became a new all time record for most goals in a European club competition beating Jurgen Klinsmann record of 15, imposed in the 1995-96 edition. Photo: Getty Images
- Falcao was transferred in August 2011 from Porto to Altetico Madrid for 40 million euros, becoming the biggest transfer ever for the Portuguese team, the most expensive Atletico Madrid player ever, and the biggest transfer ever of a Colombian player. Photo: Getty Images
- His time at Atletico has been as succesful as his time with Porto or maybe bigger. He has scored 58 goals in 72 matches with the 'Colchoneros' in al competitons (to Feb 10, 2013) Photo: Reuters
- He has already conquered 2 titles with Atletico, winning the Europa League and becoming the top striker of that tournament for the second straight year. He became the first player in Europa Leeague (or UEFA Cup) to be the top scorer in consecutive seasons and the first one to score in two consecutive finals. Atletico also won the European Super Cup beating Chelsea 4-0 with a hat trick of Falcao, which he did it in the first half. Photo: Getty Images
- At the national team level, Falcao has scored 15 goals n 40 appearances with Colombia. Most recently he scored a brace in Colombia's win over Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier match. Photo: Getty Images
- Falcao has also won several individual awards, like the Globe Soccer Award 2012 for Best Player in the World. He was also included in the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2012, and was the fifth best player in the world by FIFA after the Ballon d'Or voting results. He also was awarded with 'Premio AS del Deporte,' given by Spanish daily AS. Photo: Getty Images
- Radamel Falcao García has become the best Colombian soccer player of his generation and one of the best in the world given his achievements both colective and individual, and his spectacular goals. Photo: Getty Images