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#WorldCupRank: No. 19 Radamel Falcao

« Previous: No. 20, Mario Balotelli | Next: No. 18, Edinson Cavani »

Editor's Note: Falcao was left off of Colombia's World Cup squad because of injury.

No. 19 Radamel Falcao, AS Monaco/Colombia

Why he's ranked: The Colombian nation held its collective breath as news of Falcao's cruciate knee ligament injury emerged in late January. A comeback won't happen. His injured knee will keep him out of the World Cup. Despite a furious attempt to return in time for the tournament, he wasn't fit enough to play and was excluded from his country's final roster. When healthy with River Plate, Porto, Atletico Madrid and now Monaco, Falcao has offered what has been required of him: goals, goals and more goals.

Falcao's injury proved too much for him to overcome, which is a shame for Colombia fans and casual observers alike.
Falcao just wasn't fit enough to make Colombia's final roster.

Key stat: Set a record for most goals scored in a single European tournament. 17 goals in the 2010/11 Europa League for FC Porto.

What the experts say: "His fitness is a big question mark. But in good condition, he is perhaps the most complete striker in the world: great with the ball in the field, great with the ball in the air." - Paulo Cobos, ESPN Brasil

What You Think:

Other articles:
- ESPN FC Blogs: Colombia
- The countdown: Our Top 50 players of the World Cup

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