Falcao: I'm not targetting Messi, Ronaldo
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has said that he is more concerned with helping his team do well this season than fighting Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Pichichi award as the leading scorer in La Liga.
Falcao struck twice in last night's 4-2 win over Real Betis to take his tally to seven in five league games this season, leaving him one clear of Barcelona ace Messi at the top of the scoring charts. Last season Messi won the Pichichi with an astonishing 50 goals, four ahead of 2011 winner Ronaldo, with Falcao third on 24 goals in his first year in Spain following his big-money move from Porto.
Falcao's superb start to the season - he also netted a hat-trick in the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea and got goals in both of Colombia's FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers earlier this month - suggests he could challenge Messi and Ronaldo to finish as top scorer, but the 26-year-old insists that is not his driving force.
He said: "I didn't say I wanted to compete with Cristiano and Messi. I simply want to score goals to help my team, nothing more. At the end we'll see where I am. The most important thing is that the team fulfils their objectives. We are competing with 19 other teams, not only against Madrid and Barça."
Atletico's win over Betis saw them move into second place in La Liga on 13 points, two behind leaders Barça. Falcao limped out of the clash in the 53rd minute with an injury, and Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be keeping his fingers crossed that his star striker will be fit for this weekend's trip to Espanyol.
Falcao said in AS: "I hope to be able to face Espanyol even though I have some pain and I had to retire early."