Seven reasons to celebrate Man United star Radamel Falcao’s 29th birthday
Radamel Falcao turns 29 today, so here is why you should be celebrating his birthday with him
1. One year to go before the big 3-0
¡Feliz Cumpleaños! Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate turns 29 today. This means in just 365 days, he hits the dreaded triple decade – a sign of the transformation from juvenile to mature adult. The realisation must be daunting as he sits at home, stroking his jet black hair and watching his youth disappear from his face.
2. La lavada (the washing)
It is a Colombian tradition that no birthday does not involve la lavada, followed by la enmaizenada – rough translation of being coated in flour. One can just imagine Phil Jones throwing buckets of cold water over the Colombian before Ashley Young lobs flour at Falcao. When in Manchester, via Santa Maria, do as the Colombians do.
3. He needs a break
It must be tough being one of the Premier League’s highest earners. But his day job isn’t going so smoothly. What Falcao needs a big street party, in his honour, which will spur him on to start scoring goals. He has not scored since 1 January in the league, a day which follows another big party date – New Year’s Eve. A party could be just the tonic.
4. Get him a cake
As with most parts of the world, it is a tradition in Colombia to enjoy birthday cake on one’s birthday. Even footballers enjoy a spot of cake – just ask Yaya Toure.
5. Famous footballers
Falcao is not the only famous footballer born on this day. He shares his day with Austrian legend Matthias Sindelar (1903), Irishman Danny Blanchflower (1926) and Liverpool legend Salif Diao (1977). The wider football community is blessed that Falcao joins such esteemed company.
6. Christian feasts
As a devout Christian, Falcao may well go down to his local church and take part in one of the many Christian feasts on this day – Austreberta, Charalampe, Scholastica or St. Paul’s Shipwreck, although this is refined to Malta.
7. What does one get a footballer?
Sitting on a vast wealth, what can you get a footballer for his 29th birthday? You can’t get him three points as United play Burnley on Wednesday. Falcao should just relax and enjoy the peak years of his career. After all, 10 February coincides with chess legend Garry Kasparov’s defeat by the computer Deep Blue in 1996. An omen, although no-one knows if Falcao likes chess or super computers.