Radamel Falcao returns to Colombia to play for Millonarios

After nearly 25 years away, Radamel Falcao is coming back home to Colombia. The 38-year-old striker will play for Millonarios de Bogotá next season, the team announced on Thursday.

Falcao, who played for Chelsea, Manchester United and Atlético Madrid among other clubs in a 15-year career in Europe, has not played in Colombia since 2000, when he did it with Lanceros Boyacá, a second-division club.

With Atletico Madrid he won the Europa League title in the 2011-12 season.

"Everybody knows that Millonarios is the team of my heart," Falcao said in a video recording.

Falcao, who is Colombia's all-time scoring leader with 36 goals, arrives to Millonarios after spending three seasons with Rayo Vallecano, in Spain, where he scored 12 goals in 80 matches.

He will play in Colombia's top flight for the first time in his career after signing a six-month contract, the team announced. Millonarios will play against River Plate in Argentina on July 9, although it's unclear if Falcao will be able to play in that match.

Falcao played four seasons with River Plate before signing with Porto for the 2009 season. In Portugal, he won two league titles and the Europa League.

He also played for Monaco and Galatasaray.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.