Many of you will recognize the name of Radamel Falcao, who is one of the best strikers of our generation. But very few of you will know that Falcao was named after Paulo Roberto Falcao, who is universally considered one of the greatest Brazilian players of all time. The legend of football, Roberto Falcao celebrates his 65th birthday today.
Paulo Roberto Falcao, started his career at Internacional of Porto Alegre, in Rio Grande do Sul, where he played from 1972 to 1980, winning three Brazilian National Championships in 1975, 1976, 1979 and reaching the finals of the 1980 Copa Libertadores in his final season.
In 1980, Falcão moved to Serie A club Roma where he earned the nickname "the eighth King of Rome" from the fans, and was inducted into the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame in 2013. At Roma, he became, one of the world's highest paid footballer.
After spending 5 years in Rome, Falcao moved back to Brazil for Sao Paulo. While playing for Sao Paulo, Falcao won two titles. The first was a Campeonato Paulista in 1985 and the second onealso in 1985, where he scored his one and only goal for the club in the se cond leg against Fluminense.
On international front, Falcao starred in the midfield of the Brazil 1982 team, along with Toninho Cerezo, Zico, Eder and Socrates which is seen as one of the best teams not to win the World Cup.
The legendary career of Falcao came to an end as he announced his retirement after the World Cup in 1986.
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