Radamel Falcao birth certificate published to end age row

Updated: 26 July 2013 10:30 IST

The row was created by the new Monaco signing's former school head teacher claiming on local television station Noticias Uno that Falcao was born in 1984 and not 1986.

Bogota:

A debate over the true age of Colombia star Radamel Falcao was ended Thursday as local press printed a copy of the striker's birth certificate.

The row was created by the new Monaco signing's former school head teacher claiming on local television station Noticias Uno that Falcao was born in 1984 and not 1986.

That would have made him 29 and not 27, meaning the principality club had forked out 60 million euros ($79.6 million) for a player two years closer to retirement than they had believed.

But newspaper El Tiempo printed a copy of his official birth certificate from the Santa Marta municipality where he was born on February 10, 1986, proving once and for all that he is indeed 27.

On Tuesday Falcao had taken to Twitter to refute the allegations saying: "I am surprised by these media reports about my age -- they are ridiculous."

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