If you want goals, it's best to shop at Atletico

Atletico Madrid have an amazing knack of buying & selling top strikers. Just see why football4football think that these are the best...

 

ATLETICO MADRID - THE STRIKER'S CLUB

 

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Cristian Vieri - 1997-98

 

In his prime Vieri was one of Europe's best. He joined Atletico from Juventus for €10 million euros spending a season at the Vicente Calderon.
However, he scored 24 goals in 24 matches finishing as La Liga top scorer. 
Christian Vieri moved back to his native Italy with Serie A team Lazio. The fee €25 million. 

 

 

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Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink - 1999 - 2000

 

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink joined Atletico for a fee of £10m from Leeds United.
He did well in Spain scoring 24 goals in 34 appearances, finishing the leagues second top scorer. Hasselbaink even scored twice in a Madrid derby at the Bernabeu when Atletico beat Real Madrid but…… Atletico were relegated to Segunda division. He left to join Chelsea for £15m.

 

 

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Fernando Torres - 2001 -07 (Returns in 2015)

 

Atletico’s relegation saw Fernando Torres progress from the youth team. Back in La Liga Torres at only 18 scored 13 goals in 29 games in his debut season in the top flight. He captained the side aged 19 in his second season which saw him find the net 19 times. He joined Liverpool for £20m but returned to Atletico in 2015 after disappointing times at Chelsea & AC Milan. Definitely seen as a hero by the Madrid fans.

 

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Sergio Aguero - 2006 - 11

 

A €23 million buy from Independiente had many questioning Aguero. 74 goals in 175 appearances, a Europa League win and a Copa Del Rey final convinced the doubters.
He formed a lethal partnership with Uruguay striker Diego Forlan.
Can you believe in 2010/11 he scored 20 goals for the first time in his career!
Joined Manchester City €45m.

 

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 Diego Forlan - 2007 - 11

 

Brought to replace Fernando Torres he proved to be a success. He scored 23 goals in his partnership with Sergio Aguero in season one.

Forlan brilliantly won the ‘Pichichi' award and the European golden boot with 32 goals in 33 matches in his second season though! Amazingly, Forlan and Atletico were relegated the season after.

They both recovered to win the Europa League, Forlan scored both goals in the final against Fulham.
The UEFA super cup was next which they beat – Inter Milan, who Forlan went on to join.

 

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 Radamel Falcao - 2011-13

 

A transfer fee of €40 million made him Atletico’s most expensive signing. The Colombian however, was more than value for money.
He guided Atletico to a second Europa League title.

52 goals in just 68 games made the fans forget all about Aguero and Forlan.

His second and final season at Atletico helped secure the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea, netting a hat-trick. Madrid rivals Real were swept aside in the Copa Del Rey and a €60m move to Monaco followed.

 

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 Diego Costa - 2010 - 14

 

 

Diego Costa played back-up to Falcao and Aguero . He stepped up however in 2012/13, playing a crucial role in the Copa Del Rey win over Real Madrid.

The following season he was a major part of the La Liga title success and Atletico’s run to the Champions League final.

Costa scored a very credible 43 goals in 94 league games for Atletico, also 8 goals in the Champions League campaign.
He went on to join Chelsea for €40m.

 

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Mario Mandzukic - 2014 - 15

 

Signed as a replacement for Costa and the Croatian struggled at first.
Mandzukic settled in he ended the season with 20 goals in 43 games.

Fans remember his hat-trick against Olympiakos in the Champions League and top class performance in a 4-0 win over rivals Real Madrid.

He moved on from Atletico Madrid after a single season joining Juventus for around €21m.

 

 

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Antoine Griezmann - 2014

 

Antoine Griezmann is the Frenchman who started on the wing but is now very much a striker.

Diego Simeone says he’s one of the best forwards in the world. Having scored over 35 goals already you can’t argue with £24m buy from Real Sociedad.

Expect at least double that if he leaves Atletico.

 

 

The facts are there.... if you want a prolific striker, pop into the goal factory at Atletico. 

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