Manchester United's Falcao has Yorkshire roots

Radamel Falcao joined United on loan from Monaco earlier this year. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Football star Radamel Falcao has a surprising secret that may not please Manchester United fans - he has family roots in Yorkshire.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Radamel Garcia revealed his grandfather - the footballer's great-grandfather - was George King, an accountant born in the North Yorkshire village of Burn, near Selby.

King was in his mid-twenties when he and his wife took off for a new life in South America, he told the paper.

The Selby Canal near Burn - where Falcao's grandfather was born. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive

King took up an accountancy post in northern Colombia, but shortly after the couple arrived his wife tragically died during childbirth, Radamel Snr said.

The widower then met a Colombian named Juliana, with whom he had five children, including Denis - Falcao's grandmother.

Falcao's father says he sought a British passport for his son. Credit: VI Images

The striker's father says he is "proud" of his English blood - and even tried to get his son a British passport when the young Falcao was a prospect attracting European clubs.

Unfortunately for England fans, the request was turned down as the family link was one generation too far to be considered for citizenship.