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🔝 Ranking Atletico Madrid's strikers from the last decade

🔝 Ranking Atletico Madrid's strikers from the last decade

When you count the best strikers in the world at any particular time, chances are you will mention one either at Atletico or one who has been there before.

The club has become synonymous with the best strikers and they've made it part of their DNA over the last two decades. 

They've churned out world-beaters and continue doing the same in what can be termed as a constant conveyor's belt of nothing but the finest. 

Joao Felix is the latest in line and even though he has not fully settled in his first season, he has shown all signs of following in the footsteps of his predecessors. 

Diego Costa, Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero, Antoine Griezzman, and the club's favorite son Fernando Torres have all worn the famous red and white jersey.

So, how do they rank?

Fernando Torres

Appearances: 404
Goals: 129
Trophies: Segunda División 2001/02, Europa League 2017/18

He has a special place in many of the fans' hearts, which he captained at only 19. He is considered one of their own and arguably their best and most successful youth product ever.

He never won a lot with the club, even though you have a feeling he would have loved to be part of the LaLiga winning team of 2014, or the Champions League finalists of 2016, but he enjoyed his success away from his boyhood club. 

He won numerous titles with Chelsea and Liverpool while also creating unforgettable memories. His return to Atletico after a journey across Europe was celebrated by the club's fans and played his last match at the end of last season, signing off in perfect style by scoring a brace.  

Radamel Falcao

Appearances: 91
Goals: 70
Trophies: Copa del Rey 2012/13, UEFA Europa League 2011/12, UEFA Super Cup 2012

El Tigre was a beast, arguably the best number 9 of his time. He first made a name for himself at Porto before moving to Spain where he almost attained legendary status with Atleti.

Many will remember his hat-trick against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final in 2012, his future employers. 

Diego Forlan

Appearances: 198
Goals: 96
Trophies: UEFA Europa League 2009/10, UEFA Super Cup 2010

The Uruguayan is one of the best late bloomers in football. He struggled during the three years he spent at Manchester United only to burst to life in Spain. 

He first settled at Villareal where they terrorized LaLiga alongside another magician in the name of Juan Riquelme. 

He eventually moved to Atletico where he developed into one of the deadliest strikers in Europe at the time and teamed up with a young Sergio Aguero, who had only been signed from Independiente and you could feel better days lie ahead for Atleti. 

Antoine Griezmann

Appearances: 257
Goals: 133
Trophies won: Supercopa de España 2014, Europa League 2017/18, 2018 UEFA Super Cup

Griezmann has been at the heart of everything good at Atleti for the last few seasons. The team was built around him and his reputation grew as he led from the front. 

He added goals to his overall game and Europe's top clubs started circling and he finally settled to stay in Spain with Barcelona. 

His return of 133 goals in 257 games was a clear indicator of how he had grown as a player. 

Sergio Aguero

Appearances: 230
Goals: 100
Trophies won: UEFA Europa League 2009/10, UEFA Super Cup 2010

Kun doesn't need any introduction. He has from his arrival on the big stage, been one of the best strikers. He never stayed at the Spanish club for long, but in the few seasons he wore the famous red and white jersey, he brought something magical. 

He learnt from the best; Diego Forlan, and in years that followed, he became the best, eventually earning a move to England, where he has maintained his reputation. 

Diego Costa

Appearances: 178
Goals: 76
Trophies: La Liga 2013/14, Copa del Rey 2012/13, UEFA Super Cup 2010, 2012 & 2018, Europa League 2017/18

A warrior and fighter are the befitting words to describe the Spaniard. He led Atleti to the 2014 LaLiga title and has won other titles to cement his position as one of the best strikers in recent years. 

He ditched the club and conquered England with Chelsea before returning home and continued from where he left, even though he has lost his edge over the last few months. 

Mario Mandzukic

Appearances: 43
Goals: 20
Trophies won: Supercopa de España 2014

He was at Atletico Madrid for only a single season, but Mandzukic scored 20 goals in 43 matches, which is a fair return for a player in his first season in Spain. 

He did not stay for long though but he endeared himself to the Madrid fans with memorable performances. 

David Villa

Appearances: 47
Goals: 15
Trophies won: La Liga 2013/14

After years with Barcelona, David Villa called it a day and he found another home at the Madrid club. He was there for a single season but it was a memorable one. 

He was part of the LaLiga winning side that gave Atletico their first title in 16 years, and he contributed by scoring 15 goals in all competitions. 

He also played a key role in the club reaching a first European final in 40 years and his experience at the highest level was significant.  

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