The striker applied for a British passport aged 13.
As mad as it seems a little known fact about Manchester United loanee Radamel Falcao is that the Colombia international has roots in Yorkshire.
Despite growing up in South America and being named after a Brazilian footballing legend, the striker’s great-grandfather actually came from England.
In fact at 13-years-old Falcao’s father – former footballer Radamel Garcia – applied for a British passport for his son after learning of these English roots.
It was rejected as his ancestor George King was one branch too far up the Colombian’s family tree to be eligible for citizenship.
However, Falcao is still proud of his connections with the nation, especially as he now plays in the Premier League for the Red Devils.
“I’m proud of my English blood. My grandfather was English and also a sportsman,” the 28-year-old was quoted by the Daily Mail.
Falcao scored his first goal for United in the 2-1 victory over Everton before the international break and will be hoping that is just the start of a spree in the box.
The forward joined the club on-loan from AS Monaco on transfer deadline day in the summer and there is an option for a permanent move should the South American impress during his time at Old Trafford.