The Monaco striker found the back of the net against Spain, allowing him to move into sole position atop his country’s goalscoring charts
Radamel Falcao is now the most prolific goalscorer in the history of the Colombia national team.
The 31-year-old striker scored in the 55th minute in an international friendly against Spain to give his side a 2-1 advantage. It was Falcao’s 26th goal for his country in 65 games and moved him into the sole spot at the top of Colombia’s goalscoring charts.
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He passed Arnoldo Iguaran, who scored 25 goals playing in 68 matches for Colombia from 1973-1993.
#FCFDatoEl ‘Tigre’ @FALCAO marca el tempo en Murcia y llega a 26 goles con #FCFMayores , máximo goleador de la historia. pic.twitter.com/KDVJXKKwbv
— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 7, 2017
It had been a long time coming for Falcao. His last goal for his country came on 6 June 2015, meaning he broke his international drought almost exactly two years to the day.
The striker may want to continue finding the goals for Colombia, however, if he wants to maintain the record for as long as Iguaran held it. Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez has 19 goals in his Colombia career and is just 25-years-old, leaving him lots of time to catch up to Falcao if the latter experiences another goalscoring drought.
And while Falcao made history on one side for Colombia, Spain had an impressive decade-long streak of their own finally snapped
Though scoring two goals may not seem like the greatest achievement, it is when visiting Spain. When at home, they had not conceded more than a single goal since a match against Ivory Coast in 2006.
2 – Spain have conceded two goals in a game at home for the first time since March 2006 (3-2 against Ivory Coast). Surprise. pic.twitter.com/c9CRcL5e2m
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 7, 2017
Spain did rally for a late equalizer, courtesy of Alvaro Morata, as the countries played out a 2-2 draw.