Falcao was born 10 February 1986 in Santa Marta, Magdalena, Columbia.
He scored two goals on his first start for his first professional club in Argentina's top flight, aged 19.
Before signing a professional contract, Falcao had embarked on a journalism degree at Buenos Aires university.
In just over two seasons in Portugal's top flight, he scored a phenomenal 72 goals in 87 games and fired his team to domestic and European success.
His full name is Radamel Falcao García Zárate, but he prefers to be known as simply Falcao, as that part of his name was given in celebration of the great Brazilian of the same name.
In 2006 he suffered a career-threatening injury when he ruptured his Cruciate Ligament, 8 months later he was back and scoring.
Colombia's most famous current player, he has scored 10 goals in 32 games for the national team.
In his last 18 games in European competition, he has scored 19 goals. Which is just silly.
A devout Christian, he is the leader of two Church groups - "Locos por Jesús" and "Campeones para Cristo."
He scored six goals in his first four matches for his new club side in Spain's top flight, and has 17 in total to date making the €40m transfer fee look an absolute steal.