The Colombia striker, who scored the winner for former club Porto in last year’s final, gave Madrid the lead with a curling effort in the eighth minute and doubled his side’s advantage with a brilliant turn and finish 10 minutes before the break.
Diego added gloss to the victory with a cool finish in the 86th minute to hand Madrid a 3-0 win and their second Europa League title in three seasons.
“I can’t do justice to just how happy I am,” said Falcao, who netted 12 goals in this season’s Europa League, after the game.
“I owe it to the team, they helped me a lot. I think the pressure we managed to put on them when they were on the ball was key, in every area of the pitch.
“It’s a dream come true. I’m just speechless, unable to describe all this: to have won the Europa League with two different clubs, and above all to be the top scorer two years running.”
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