El Tigre Falcao back on prowl for Monaco
Radamel Falcao's first hat-trick in Ligue 1 in AS Monaco's 4-0 defeat of Girondins de Bordeaux on Saturday provided further proof that El Tigre is getting back to his potent best.
The 30-year-old Colombia international has struggled since rupturing knee ligaments in a Coupe de France game in January 2014.
However, his triple strike against Les Girondins showed his predatory instincts remain intact while his physical shape improves week-on-week after recovering from both a hamstring injury and concussion this season.
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"I'm very happy with my first hat-trick," Falcao told Monaco's official TV channel after his goal haul helped take the side top of the league on goal difference ahead of OGC Nice's trip to Paris on Sunday. "I'm very happy for everyone. We have to think about ourselves, do our work."
Falcao's season in numbers
10 - the former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker took his 2016/17 L1 tally into double figures at the Matmut Atlantique.
579 - Falcao's ten league strikes have come in just 579 minutes on the pitch, an average of 58 minutes per goal.
55.6% - his ratio of shots-to-goals with ten strikes from 18 shots, 14 of which were on target.
14 - All told, he has scored 14 times in 15 competitive games this term, and provided three assists.
27 - the number of goals he has scored for ASM, one shy of Thierry Henry's tally at the Stade Louis II.