There is a light scandal brewing in Colombia at the moment after it was alleged that Radamel Falcao, Monaco's inordinately expensive summer purchase from Atletico Madrid, may actually be two years older than his FIFA registration would indicate, with recently-unearthed school documents appearing to suggest that the striker may actually be 29, rather than 27-years-old.
Falcao's date of birth is registered with FIFA as February 10, 1986, but according to the civil registration records of his former primary schools, the Colegio San Pedro Claver de Bucaramanga, it would appear that his date of birth was registered with the school as being February 10, 1984, which would make him 29, a full two years older than his FIFA documentation states.
The Colombian international's place of birth is also recorded as being the capital city of Bogota, rather than the Caribbean province of Santa Marta.
It is also being reported that his school records show Falcao went through a scheme called "pre-school transition" aged five, which is consistent with someone born in 1984, though the scheme no longer existed in 1991, the year that Falcao would have turned five were he born in 1986.
For the record, Falcao's father, Radamel Garcia Snr, maintains that his son was born in Santa Marta in 1986 and that the anomaly in the school records are a result of a clerical error on their part.
Hmmm. Could be something, could be nothing. We imagine Monaco are currently rather interested in sussing out just what the hell is going on and whether or not the club have been bamboozled by their £53 million acquisition.
We'll keep you posted.