“Right now he is the best number nine in world football,” said Cerezo after Sunday's efforts took his total in an Atletico shirt to 40 goals in 48 games. “But he still has a lot of football to play.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen a player score five goals here. Christian Vieri and Milinko Patic got four, but never five.”
When asked about the possibility of Falcao moving elsewhere in the January transfer window or the end of the season, the Atletico president was keen to stress Falcao's value.
Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been linked with a £45 million swoop for the Colombian forward.
“First let’s see who has €60m (£48.23m),” said Cerezo. “Do you have it? Because I don’t.”
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