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AS Monaco: Europe's most prolific goal-scoring side

By George Ramsay, for CNN

Updated 1029 GMT (1829 HKT) May 9, 2017
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It's a familiar sight for AS Monaco fans this season -- their club's star players celebrating goals. Stu Forster/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Monaco has scored 98 goals in Ligue 1 so far this season. Radamel Falcao, the club's top goalscorer this season with 25, has lead what's become one of Europe's most feared attacks.
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Falcao, who previously played for European clubs Manchester United, Chelsea, Porto and Atletico Madrid, has been supported up front by teenager Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year-old Mbappe, who has scored 14 goals in Ligue 1 this season, recently became the second-youngest player to play for France when he made his debut against Luxembourg in March. Stu Forster/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, another member of the young, emerging talent at Monaco, also made his France debut against Luxembourg. PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Monaco's Stade Louis II is located in the idyllic French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast. As a commercial center, the city-state has come to attract a wealthy clientele. Patrice Coppee/AFP/Getty Images/file
Prince Albert II, the reigning monarch of Monaco, is regularly seen in the stands during home games. LEGRAND/Gamma-Rapho/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Falcao and his wife Lorelei Taron met Prince Albert before signing for Monaco. "It was a unique meeting," the Colombian tells CNN Sport of the day he and his wife visited the Prince's Palace. "To see that backing not only from the people that managed the club but also the city made the balance tilt towards me signing for Monaco." Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Russian businessman Dimitri Rybolovlev bought a stake in Monaco's football team in December 2011. Now club president, his investment has helped bring high profile signings to the club such as Falcao and Portugal's Joao Moutinho. However, now the club's strategy is "to develop young players and let them go when the time is right," Monaco's chief executive officer Vadim Vasilyev told CNN Sport. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images/file
Vasilyev (C) is pictured with Monaco players Djibril Sidibe, Corentin Jean (currently on loan at Toulouse), Benjamin Mendy, Morgan de Sanctis and Kamil Glik. JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Currently top of Ligue 1, if Les Rouges et Blancs were to be crowned the champions of France, they would break Paris Saint-Germain's run of four consecutive titles. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Monaco has also enjoyed a fine run of form in the Champions League. A thrilling last-16 tie against Manchester City ended 6-6, with the French side going through on away goals. It was the sort of counter-attacking, high-scoring display that has come to define this side. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Monaco overcame German side Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarterfinals to reach the semis. The French club were beaten by Juventus in the first leg. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images/file
Monaco reached the Champions League final in 2004 but were beaten 3-0 by Porto, then coached by Jose Mourinho. Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Despite the high-octane performances and abundance of goals, Monaco usually doesn't attract big crowds at their home games. Last season saw an average attendance of 7,836, and a Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen (pictured) in September was watched by just 8,100 people. However the second-leg tie against Dortmund is a sell-out, with the club saying it could have sold 50,000 tickets. VALERY HACHE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
But that doesn't seem to be bothering the players, who are flying high with club and country. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images