Glide into space in the penalty area. Receive the ball with your back to goal. Control, swivel and shoot from the tightest of angles. Watch as the net bulges. Textbook Falcao. Six months after suffering a serious knee injury, the Columbian hitman is gradually working his way back to full fitness and reclaiming his goalscoring mojo, as he demonstrated on Wednesday morning with this splendid strike in front of his awestruck fans.
Eagerly awaited by an entire nation during the Copa EuroAmericana, El Tigre ultimately did not feature in any of AS Monaco's matches, but trained intensively and was only too happy to meet and greet his army of fans on the sidelines. It was clear that despite injury preventing him from playing at the World Cup, the special relationship between him and the Columbian people remains as strong as ever. But to truly put that knee injury behind him, what he really needs are games and goals.
Eye of the tiger!
And it looks like games and goals is what he's going to get, as Leonardo Jardim confirmed on Sunday that he intends to use Falcao during the Emirates Cup. The Columbian is finally on the verge of making his full comeback, after so many months out following that fateful day on 22 January. That much was plain to see in training on Wednesday morning, from his speed, his movement, and the way his teammates are no longer holding back in the tackle... All the little signs are there, signalling the imminent return of the "Goleador".
Radamel Falcao will no doubt need game time in order to find his peak form once more. But simply stepping out onto the pitch at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday or Sunday will be a substantial victory in itself, and just reward for long months of hard work.
Watch clips of Radamel Falcao at the Copa EuroAmericana
Falcao's status as Columbia's most popular figure was confirmed during his visit to the Pueblito barrio in Barranquilla.
Falcao used to play baseball in Venezuela as a child. Looks like he's still got it!