Former Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo believes Radamel Falcao was among the world’s greatest players before his injury.
29-year old Falcao, who just joined Chelsea, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear that had kept him out of the 2014 World Cup.
He has struggled to regain his prolific form since, scoring only 4 times last season while on loan at Manchester United, and suffering a barren Copa America campaign.
“There is a big difference between Falcao before and after his bad injury,” former Argentina striker Crespo, who joined Chelsea in 2003, told BBC World Football.
“Before the injury, he was the best of the ‘human players’ — by that I mean all the players apart from Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who are on another level.”
“After such an injury you need time and it’s not easy to recover. He also had a manager in Louis van Gaal who didn’t give him the chance to play regularly [at United]. He probably wasn’t the kind of player Van Gaal was looking for.”
“We will see what happens at Chelsea, which is obviously a big club too, but it won’t be easy for him to play regularly there either.”
“All Falcao has to do is to believe in himself and be the great player he is. That will be enough to convince Mourinho to give him a chance.”