The eve of the closing of the summer market is usually frantic, but after several campaigns without too many surprises, the night of August 31, 2021 reminded of those of yesteryear, to those hours before September when sports directors and presidents intertwined nervous and heated calls phone to save a whole summer’s work in a few minutes. At the end of August, the excitement due to the great signings, the illusion and the disappointment returned, and the evening was a clear example of this. Midnight arrived and the non-arrival of Mbappé to Chamartín, the return of Griezmann to Atlético and the turbulent departure of Saúl to Chelsea was confirmed. And without being official, not at least until this Saturday, it was also known the signing of Radamel Falcao by Rayo Vallecano, now finally celebrated by the fans of the Madrid team.
– Rayo Vallecano (@RayoVallecano) September 4, 2021
The return of the Colombian to LaLiga, the competition where he performed best and the country where he was happiest, was the bell of the day. Falcao rescinded his contract with Galatasaray on the same day yesterday after two years at the Turkish club and signed for Rayo Vallecano for other of the seasons. He is 35 years old and in recent seasons injuries have hampered his performance, but if he manages to have continuity in the last blows of his career, he will score goals, as always. El Tigre returns to the elite of European football with the aim of playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
In Madrid they already know his legend: in just two seasons at the Calderón he became one of the best battering rams in the world; I note 70 goals in 91 games; He was key in the Cup, Europa League and Super Cup titles; he stole the hearts of the rojiblanca fans and, later, shattered their illusions after his departure to Monaco. And after his goodbye to Atleti, he was never the same. They arrived very serious injuries, haircuts and wrong decisions that deprived the viewer of a period striker, a nine of the lineage of the Batistuta, Crespo or Van Nistelrooy, among a few others. In his twilight, Falcao lands in Vallecas, a neighborhood that, despite its humble character, in its history has hosted attackers of the stature of Polster, Diego Costa or Hugo Sanchez.
Through this media movement, the whole of the strip completes a serious squad in its season of return to the highest category of Spanish football. In addition to Falcao, on the last day before the market closed they arrived Sergi Guardiola, Unai López and Nikola Maras the Madrid team, a club that has got off to a good start in the League after achieving a total of 5 points in the first three matchdays and that will take advantage of the national team break to acclimatize the new team ahead of the September 11 clash at the Ciudad de Valencia.