It has been revealed that Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao once applied for a UK passport – thanks to his Yorkshire roots!
The Colombian international was 13 when his father visited the British embassy to ask whether the teenage talent was eligible, but he was one branch too far down on the family tree.
“I’m proud of my English blood,” declared Radamel Snr to the Daily Mail, where he revealed the story of how George King, Falcao’s great-grandfather, left England in 1932 for a new life in South America.
“Falcao was probably about 13 so I went down to the embassy thinking that a British passport would help him with a move to Europe,” he said.
“But unfortunately it got rejected.”