27, Going On 29: School Registration Documents Suggest Radamel Falcao May Be Two Years Older Than He Says He Is

Chris Wright

22nd, July 2013


By Chris Wright

We’ve got no idea how much stock to put in this, but murmurs are emanating in Colombia that Radamel Falcao may have “Obafemi Martin-ed” the footballing world, with Monaco’s £50million striker possibly being a full two years older than he says he is if several of his early football documents are anything to go by.

Falcao’s dated of birth is registered with FIFA as 10th February 1986, but according to the civil registration records of one of his former primary schools, the Colegio San Pedro Claver de Bucaramanga, it would appear that his date of birth may actually be 10th February 1984 – making the striker 29, not 27-years-old – and that his place of birth is actually the Colombian capital of Bogota, not Santa Marta.

It is also being reported that his school records show Falcao attended something called “pre-school transition” aged five, which is consistent with someone born in 1984, with the scheme no longer existing in 1991, i.e, the year Falcao would’ve turned five if he were born in 1986.


We’ll keep you posted on this one. Might be nothing (an administrative error, honest mistake, etc), might be something rather significant.

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  1. TravisKOP says:

    “Obafemi Martin-ed” bahahaha

  2. thekaratesuit says:

    a nigerian friend of mine says this is rife in african football, and even mentioned the likes of mario balotelli, and frimpong?

  3. Eduardo says:

    A friend of mine played in the same youth league with Falcao and he has always said this.

  4. Philipp says:

    reminds of the good old Anthony Yeboah. No one know how old he really was/is!
    Btw, that lovely caribbean town is called SANTA Marta. Worth a visit.

  5. Obi says:

    I happen to be Nigerian and almost all our players are age cheats. It’s rife in West Africa in particular. That’s why they’re very good in youth football.

  6. Jesus says:

    That’s a popular scheme in ex-soviet countries in tennis.

  7. Chuck says:

    the problem with this is that FIFA could ban Colombia from all international competitions.

  8. smrc says:

    another years without champions league

  9. DoodleMaster says:

    Chris, can he get into serious trouble for this, if proved?

    • Chris says:

      @DoodleMaster: Not entirely sure of the legal implications and it largely depends what’s written into his Monaco contract as to what they’ll do. You’d expect that the club’s first reaction would be to pull the plug, but then they’re losing a £50m investment and a world class striker (despite his age).

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