Player Comparison: Edison Cavani and Radamel Falcao

The Unstoppable Uruguayan or the Clinical Colombian? Both strikers made moves to Ligue 1 in France in the summer, both of their transfer fees totalling up to an amazing £106m (Cavani to PSG – £55m, Falcao to Monaco – £51m). Last season in La Liga and Serie A respectfully, both players had exceptional seasons with Falcao finding the net 28 times in the league and finished as 3rd top scorer in Spain behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The forward also spearheaded Atletico Madrid to 3rd place, giving them Champions League football for next season. Cavani arguably had one of his best seasons ever at Napoli, being Serie A’s top scorer with 29 goals, followed by Di Natalie and Milan’s El Shaarawy and almost singlehandedly carried Napoli to 2nd place behind champions Juventus, Now with the season half way through, who had the best time in Ligue 1? The French league seemed to have settled with both players well as they are both in the top 4 on the top goalscorer list with Swedish monster Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the way with 15 goals, with fellow PSG team-mate Edison Cavani close behind with 12 goals and Falcao is 4th top scorer with 9 goals. But the Monaco man was injured for 3 weeks and has only just been restored into the team after taking an injury to the thigh.

Falcao and Cavani's performance up to matchday 19.

Falcao and Cavani’s performance in ligue 1 up to matchday 19.

When Edison Cavani joined PSG on the 16th of July, there was questions over new manager Laurent Blanc’s decision to buy another striker even though PSG already had Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was last season’s top scorer by a massive 11 goals, scoring 30 goals and being followed by Gabonese speedster Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scored 19 for Saint Étienne. There was also claims that Ibrahimovic and Cavani could not form a formidable partnership as both have preferred and worked best as lone strikers. This was quickly turned on its head as Zlatan came out and stated that he was excited about his new striking partner and said he was convinced that the pair will hit it off right away. He wasn’t wrong, together scoring 27 goals in the league, which is more than 3rd placed Lille has scored so far in the campaign by their whole team. Edison scoring 12 goals in the league is even more impressive by the fact that he has actually played less minutes then Falcao in ligue 1. Cavani will I think, will enjoy having experienced players in his team such as Ibrahimovic,Lavezzi,Menez,Silva and Thiago Motta amongst others. Cavani will also want to add to his almost barren trophy collection, only having 2 domestic trophies in the Uruguayan Primera Division with Danubio and also winning the Coppa Italia in the 2011-12 season with Napoli. He has also experienced success with the Uruguay national team, winning the Copa America in 2011.

Most favoured line-up for Blanc's PSG.

Most favoured line-up for Blanc’s PSG.

Here is arguably PSG’s strongest eleven and Cavani slots right into the team although Blanc often doesn’t run a generic 4-4-2, he deploys the 2nd striker slightly behind the main striker, almost as a centre forward, similar to the way Manchester United use Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney but Moyes runs a 4-4-1-1 or an unorthodox 4-4-2 formation. PSG’s fullbacks are quite attacking minded, you’ll often see Van De Wiel bomb up and down the right hand side to help Lucas Moura with attacks and now with 2 clinical strikers up top, PSG’s goal scoring tally will no doubt vastly increase.

When Falcao joined Monaco, it was a massive shock to the footballing world as he had been linked with clubs like Chelsea,Real Madrid and Manchester United before joining the Ligue 2 champions. Some say he is wasting his career at Monaco as he is not getting the Champions League football he deserves and with him being 27, this is the peak time of his career and spending a season away from Europe’s biggest competition could affect his career and market value. When Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev bought the French club in December of 2011, his vast amount of wealth couldn’t be properly put to use as you can only do so much in the 2nd division so when they did clinch promotion to Ligue 1, everyone expected Monaco to spend big. Bringing in Porto pair João Moutinho and James Rodriguez and of course James’ fellow countryman Falcao. Radamel has linked up with Rodriguez well, having 12 goals and 7 assists between them. This is mainly down to the midfield masterclass that is Moutinho. Although it has been reported that Falcao is unhappy at Monaco and is looking for a move away from France to England with Chelsea or even Spain at Real Madrid.

I personally prefer Falcao over Cavani but it is very hard to choose an outright winner between the two as they are very similar in style of play and have similar strengths. Falcao I feel is more of a poacher and is more clinical in front of goal but Cavani showed in the Confed cup how good of a player he is and both are definitely there as being one of the best strikers in the world.


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