1 Sep 2012

Falcao's hat-trick underlines his importance to Atletico

12:48 pm on 1 September 2012

Radamel Falcao has underlined his reputation as one of the most wanted football strikers in the world by grabbing a hat-trick in Atletico Madrid's 4-1 Super Cup rout of Chelsea in Monaco.

His club say Falcao - who was brought in as a replacement for Sergio Aguero last season as the Argentine moved to eventual English champions Manchester City - is going nowhere.

The Colombian international, nicknamed the Tiger, scored three times in the first half against the European champions and hit the post three times as Europa League winners Atletico Madrid ran riot at the Stade Louis II stadium in Monte Carlo.