Although Diego Simeone's Atlético side is an aggressive, defensive outfit created in the manager's image, many elite attackers have worn the famous red & white strip since the turn of the millennium.
Current strike-pairing João Félix and Luis Suárez are just two of the latest in a long line of lethal finishers first at the Vicente Calderón, and now at the Rojiblancos' new home, Wanda Metropolitano.
🇺🇾 Diego Forlán
Sir Alex Ferguson infamously sold the Uruguayan in 2004 when he wore the wrong boots to training. Fast-forward to 2011 and he had two Pichichi awards, two European Golden Shoes and the 2010 World Cup Golden Ball under his belt.
Those boots certainly found their scoring form.
🇪🇸 Fernando Torres
El Niño was the darling of the fans before he went on to conquer the world stage with Liverpool, Chelsea and the Spanish national team, but cemented his legend status with a second spell in the capital. He won it all.
🇨🇴 Radamel Falcao
At his peak, this Colombian goal-machine terrorized defenders for fun. Just ask Gary Cahill and David Luiz after Falcao's hat-trick against Chelsea in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup final.
🇦🇷 Kun Agüero
It feels strange picturing Sergio Agüero wearing anything other than sky blue, but the little Argentine racked up 100 Atlético goals in 230 appearances before even moving to Manchester where he's now a City and Premier League icon.
🇪🇸 David Villa
Spain's all-time leading goal-scorer won everything on offer for club and country while he was with Barcelona, and his sixth sense for scoring never left him, winning LaLiga with the club in 2014.
🇪🇸 Diego Costa
Ask any defender the origin of their nightmares, and Diego Costa won't be far away. Another man who spent two spells with Atléti, Costa at his peak was a guy who anybody would love to play alongside. He's still a trusted lieutenant in Diego Simeone's army to this day.
🇫🇷 Kevin Gameiro
A Europa league winner with the club in 2018, Frenchman Gameiro has largely gone under the radar throughout his career and is now doing the business in front of goal for Valencia.
🇭🇷 Mario Mandžukić
The underrated Croatian is not afraid of the big stages, having scored in a World Cup final as well as two separate Champions League finals. There's no doubt that his best achievements occurred outside of Madrid, most notably his Champions League win in 2013 with Bayern, but Atletico fans remember Mandžukić fondly all the same.
🇫🇷 Antoine Griezmann
Griezmann played a starring role in France's 2018 World Cup win and was a firm favourite at the Vicente Calderón and then the Wanda, before a massive-money move to Barcelona. The gifted left-footer came painfully close to winning the Champions League with Atléti when they went down to city rivals Real in 2016 on penalties in Milan. The Frenchman is still well-loved on the red & white half of the capital.
🇪🇸 Álvaro Morata
At 27, Morata is already a two-time Champions League winner and veteran of three of Europe's big five leagues. Still officially on the books of Atléti, he has started a loan spell with Juventus in fine fashion.
🇵🇹 João Félix
2019's Golden Boy is set for superstardom. A hefty €126m price-tag weighed heavily on the youngster's shoulders in his first season at the club, but the obvious potential is quickly being converted into world-class output. It would be unfair to expect him to emulate his countryman Cristiano Ronaldo, but there's no doubt that he's going straight to the top if he wants it enough. Five goals & three assists in eight top-flight appearances this term are the numbers of a young man on a mission.
🇺🇾 Luis Suárez
At 33, Suárez is still one of the most deadly finishers in the game and a man who literally needs no introduction. He scored 195 times for Barcelona and he's already got five in six LaLiga outings for his new club, Diego Simeone might well have got himself a very smart bargain.
Suárez & Félix will be hoping to partner up in attack this weekend away to Valencia in the Mestalla.
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