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Radamel Falcao plans to emulate Michael Jordan with baseball career

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AS Monaco forward Radamel Falcao plans to follow in the footsteps of NBA legend Michael Jordan in pursuing a baseball career once his football days are over.

Despite a disastrous two-year loan spell in the Premier League at both Manchester United and Chelsea, Falcao has rediscovered his prolific form back at parent club Monaco with 67 goals in 110 games across the past three seasons.

At the age of 33 years old though, the Colombian forward is now nearing the end of an impressive playing career that has seen him win league titles in Argentina, Portugal and France.

He also won the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Copa del Rey at Atletico Madrid.

But, in terms of his sports career anyway, Falcao appears to have no plans on taking five come to the end of his football days after revealing his passion for baseball.

The former Atletico star hopes to emulate Jordan, who briefly retired from basketball in October 1993 to pursue a baseball career by signing for Chicago White Sox four months later.

MJ played as an outfielder for a year in the Minor League Baseball before returning to the NBA in March 1995 to help the Chicago Bulls to another three rings.

“I love baseball bat. When I was little, in Venezuela, where I grew up, it was the sport I played, at a very good level,” Falcao told France Football.

“I often talk about it with my wife. I think when I finish my football career, I’ll start one as a professional baseball player.

“Like Jordan, even if he was a basketball player and did not get to play in the big leagues, at the highest level. I want to be the first to succeed!”

Falcao has managed 13 goals and two assists in 31 appearances across all competitions for Monaco this season.

Leonardo Jardim’s side now sit six points above the drop zone in Ligue 1 after going unbeaten in their last six games.

MONACO, MONACO – FEBRUARY 16: Radamel Falcao of Monaco holds of Edgar Ie and Kamil Glik of Monaco during the Ligue 1 match between AS Monaco and FC Nantes at Stade Louis II on February 16, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)