Marca reports that Radamel Falcao knows that one day he'll leave Atletico Madrid, maybe in January, maybe next summer, or when his contract expires in June 2015, but fans may remember him as the top predator in club history.
Falcao is far from Luis Aragones' club record of 172 goals, and the 171 scored by Adrian Escudero, but he managed to score his 50th goal in Atletico's 4-0 win over Sevilla in just 63 matches with the club.
Very few dare to argue Falcao is the best "9" ever to play for Atletico, and what is beyond dispute is that Falcao is one of the most effective players in Atletico's 109-year history.
Aragones needed 87 matches and Escudero 110 to reach the 50-goal mark. Another historic Atletico player Garate needed 95 matches. In recent history, Diego Forlan needed 94 matches, Fernando Torres 120 and Sergio Aguero 128.
Looking through Atletico history, only Baltazar and Elicegui approached Falcao's numbers. The former needed 64 matches to score 50 goals; the latter did it in 68 matches. Elicegui, who played for Atletico in the 1930s, is the only one who exceeds Falcao's goal-scoring rate, as the former player scored 117 goals in 129 matches, for an average of 0.90 goals per match. Falcao's rate is currently 0.80 goals per match.
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