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Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

In this article, first we will have a brief review on the history of Atletico Madrid, and then we will introduce best Atletico Madrid players of all time in our opinion!
Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Atletico Madrid Football Club, also known as Atletico for short, is a professional football club located in Madrid, Spain. This club competes in La Liga, the highest level of football in Spain.

Atletico is one of the most successful clubs in the history of Spanish football, having won ten La Liga titles, ten Copa del Rey titles and two Spanish Super Cups. Atletico Madrid won the Madrid derby in February 2014, becoming the first team in La Liga history to beat Real Madrid three times in a row at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, their home stadium.

In the following, we will briefly review the history of Atletico Madrid club, then we will provide a list of greatest Atletico Madrid players of all time in our opinion, and share the personal and professional backgrounds of each of these best Atletico Madrid players ever.

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Before we get into the list of best Atletico Madrid footballers of all time, we will have a brief look at the history, foundation and honors of Atletico Madrid Club.

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History, foundation and honors of Atletico Madrid Club

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Atlético Madrid, simply known as Atlético, Atléti or Atleti, is a professional football club located in Madrid, Spain. The club competes in La Liga and plays its home games at the Metropolitano Stadium, which has a capacity of 68,456.

In terms of league titles, Atletico Madrid is the third most successful Spanish football club - after Real Madrid and Barcelona. Atletico's home kit is a red and white striped shirt with blue shorts and blue and red socks, designed in 1911 for the club.

The club has had several nicknames throughout history, including Los Colchoneros and Los Indios, but now they are known as Los Rojiblancos. Atletico owns the Liga MX Atlético San Luis and the Canadian Premier League team Atlético Ottawa.

Honors of Atletico Madrid

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Among the honors, awards & recognitions of this proud club we can mention:

Domestic competitions

  • La Liga winners (10): 1939–40, 1940–41, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1965–66, 1969–70, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1995–96, 2013–14; Runners-up 10 times
  • Segunda División winners (1): 2001–02; Runners-up twice
  • Copa del Rey winners (10): 1959–60, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1971–72, 1975–76, 1984–85, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1995–96, 2012–13; Runners-up 9 times
  • Supercopa de España winners (2): 1985, 2014; Runners-up 5 times
  • Copa de los Campeones de España winners (1): 1940–41
  • Copa Presidente FEF winners (1): 1947
  • Copa Eva Duarte winners (1): 1951; Runners-up once

International competitions

  • European Cup / UEFA Champions League runners-up: 1973–74, 2013–14, 2015–16
  • European Cup Winners' Cup winners (1): 1961–62; Runners-up: 1962–63, 1985–86
  • UEFA Europa League winners (3): 2009–10, 2011–12, 2017–18
  • UEFA Super Cup winners (3): 2010, 2012, 2018
  • Intercontinental Cup winners (1): 1974
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup group winners (1): 2007; Runners-up: 2004

Awards & recognitions

  • Globe Soccer Special Award: 2014
  • Globe Soccer Best Club of the Year: 2012, 2018
  • IFFHS The World's Club Team of the Year: 2018

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A brief overview of all-time greatest Atletico Madrid players

In the following, we will have a brief overview of the personal and professional characteristics of the greatest Atletico Madrid players of all time!

#1 Antoine Griezmann

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Antoine Griezmann
  • Date of birth: 21 March 1991 (age 29)
  • Place of birth: Macon, France
  • Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Playing position(s): Forward

Club information

  • Current team: Barcelona
  • Number: 7

Youth career

  • 1997–1999: Macon
  • 1999–2005: Maconnais
  • 2005–2009: Real Sociedad

Senior career

  • 2009–2014: Team: Real Sociedad, Appearances: 180, Goals: 46
  • 2014–2019: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 180, Goals: 94
  • 2019–: Team: Barcelona, Appearances: 38, Goals: 9

National team

  • 2010: Team: France U19, Appearances: 7, Goals: 3
  • 2011: Team: France U20, Appearances: 8, Goals: 1
  • 2010–2012: Team: France U21, Appearances: 10, Goals: 2
  • 2014–: Team: France, Appearances: 82, Goals: 32

The first player of the list of the best Atletico Madrid players ever is Antoine Griezmann, a French professional footballer who plays as a striker. He currently plays for Barcelona, Spain and the French national team.

In 2009, he came to Atletico Madrid from Real Sociedad with a contract worth €30 million, which was a record at the time, and he became an international star in this team.

His main characteristics in scoring are his astonishing speed in moving the ball and his flawless skill in completing attacks. Prior to moving to Barcelona, he scored 133 goals in 257 appearances for Atletico and is the club's fifth top scorer.

Among the honors of this brilliant player, the following can be mentioned:

Real Sociedad

  • Segunda División: 2009–10

Atlético Madrid

  • Supercopa de España: 2014
  • UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2015-16
  • UEFA Europa League: 2017–18
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2018

France U19

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2010

France

  • FIFA World Cup: 2018

Individual

  • Ballon d'Or: 2016 (3rd place), 2018 (3rd place)
  • The Best FIFA Men's Player: 2016 (3rd place), 2018 (6th place)
  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2010
  • La Liga Best Player: 2015–16
  • La Liga Favorite player for the fans: 2015–16
  • La Liga Player of the Month: January 2015, April 2015, September 2016, March 2017, February 2018, December 2018
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2014–15
  • Onze d'Or: 2014–15
  • UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2015–16
  • Trophées UNFP for Best French Player playing Abroad: 2016
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2015–16, 2016–17
  • UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2017–18
  • UEFA Europa League Player of the Season: 2017–18
  • UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament: 2016
  • UEFA European Championship Golden Boot: 2016
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2016
  • UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 2016 (2nd place), 2018 (4th place)
  • French Player of the Year: 2016
  • La Liga Fans' Five Star Player: 2016
  • FIFA FIFPro World11 2nd team: 2016
  • FIFA FIFPro World11 3rd team: 2018
  • FIFA FIFPro World11 4th team: 2017
  • FIFA FIFPro World11 nominee: 2019 (12th forward)
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball: 2018
  • FIFA World Cup Silver Boot: 2018
  • FIFA World Cup Fantasy Team: 2018
  • FIFA World Cup top assist provider: 2018
  • IFFHS Men's World Team: 2018
  • Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur: 2018

The next player in the list of best Atletico Madrid players of all time is Adelardo Rodriguez.

#2 Adelardo Rodriguez

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Adelardo Rodríguez Sanchez
  • Date of birth: 26 September 1939 (age 81)
  • Place of birth: Badajoz, Spain
  • Height: 1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)
  • Playing position(s): Midfielder

Youth career

  • Ferrocarril
  • Betis Extremeno
  • Extremadura Badajoz

Senior career

  • 1957–1959: Team: Badajoz, Appearances: 37, Goals: 12
  • 1959–1976: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 401, Goals: 73

National team

  • 1960: Team: Spain U21, Appearances: 2, Goals: 0
  • 1961: Team: Spain B, Appearances: 2, Goals: 1
  • 1962–1970: Team: Spain, Appearances: 14, Goals: 2

The second player of best Atletico Madrid footballers of all time is Adelardo Rodriguez Sanchez, commonly referred to as Adelardo, is a former Spanish professional footballer who played as a midfielder during his career.

Although he was only 1.71 meters tall, his skill and sharpness made up for his short stature, and he scored 113 goals during his time at Atletico. He played a total of 551 games for the club, making him the all-time appearance maker for Los Rojiblancos.

His honor list is as follows:

Atlético Madrid

  • Intercontinental Cup: 1974
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1961–62
  • La Liga: 1965–66, 1969–70, 1972–73
  • Copa del Rey: 1959–60, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1971–72, 1975–76

Individual

  • Patricio Arabolaza Trophy: 1962

Record

  • Atlético Madrid's most capped player: 551 appearances

The next player in the list of best Atletico Madrid players of all time is Koke.

#3 Koke

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Jorge Resurrección Merodio
  • Date of birth: 8 January 1992 (age 28)
  • Place of birth: Madrid, Spain
  • Height   1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Playing position(s): Midfielder

Club information

  • Current team: Atletico Madrid
  • Number: 6

Youth career

  • 2000–2008: Atletico Madrid

Senior career

  • 2008–2011: Team: Atlético Madrid B, Appearances: 66, Goals: 7
  • 2009–: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 320, Goals: 35

National team

  • 2008: Team: Spain U16, Appearances: 3, Goals: 0
  • 2008–2009: Team: Spain U17, Appearances: 21, Goals: 0
  • 2010–2011: Team: Spain U19, Appearances: 9, Goals: 0
  • 2011: Team: Spain U20, Appearances: 5, Goals: 1
  • 2011–2012: Team: Spain U21, Appearances: 12, Goals: 1
  • 2012: Team: Spain U23, Appearances: 6, Goals: 1
  • 2013–: Team: Spain, Appearances: 44, Goals: 0

The next player in the list of best players in Atletico Madrid history is Jorge Resurrección Merodio, better known as koke, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder at Atletico Madrid.

He is currently the captain of Atletico, grew up in the Atletico academy and spent his entire football career at the club after reaching adulthood.

Koke is a flexible player and can play anywhere in the midfield and usually organizes attacks and helps his teammates score goals.

His honors are as follows:

Atlético Madrid

  • La Liga: 2013–14
  • Copa del Rey: 2012–13
  • Supercopa de España: 2014; runner-up 2013, 2019–20
  • UEFA Europa League: 2011–12, 2017–18
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2012, 2018
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2013–14, 2015–16

Spain U17

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup third place: 2009

Spain U19

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship runner-up: 2010

Spain U21

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2013

Individual

  • La Liga Squad of the Season: 2013–14
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2015–16
  • La Liga Player of the Month: October 2013, April 2016
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2013
  • UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2017–18

The next player in the list of best Atletico Madrid players of all time is Carlos Aguilera.

#4 Carlos Aguilera

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Juan Carlos Aguilera Martin
  • Date of birth: 22 May 1969 (age 51)
  • Place of birth: Madrid, Spain
  • Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Playing position(s): Right-back

Youth career

  • San Cristóbal
  • Atlético Madrid

Senior career

  • 1987–1988: Team: Atlético Madrid B, Appearances: 29, Goals: 11
  • 1988–1993: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 96, Goals: 7
  • 1993–1996: Team: Tenerife, Appearances: 88, Goals: 6
  • 1996–2005: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 269, Goals: 22

National team

  • 1989–1990: Team: Spain U21, Appearances: 5, Goals: 0
  • 1997–1998: Team: Spain, Appearances: 7, Goals: 0

The next player of best fotballers in history of Atletico Madrid is Juan Carlos Aguilera Martín, a retired Spanish footballer who played as a right winger early in his career, but later played at right-back. He played in La Liga for almost two decades.

He was a regular in Atletico during his time at the club and was a key figure in the design of the team. His honors with Atlético Madrid are as follows:

  • Copa del Rey: 1990–91, 1991–92; Runner-up 1998–99, 1999–2000
  • Segunda División: 2001–02

The next player in the list of best Atletico Madrid players of all time is Diego Simeone.

#5 Diego Simeone

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Diego Pablo Simeone González
  • Date of birth: 28 April 1970 (age 50)
  • Place of birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Playing position(s): Midfielder

Club information

  • Current team: Atlético Madrid (manager)

Senior career

  • 1987–1990: Team: Vélez Sársfield, Appearances: 76, Goals: 14
  • 1990–1992: Team: Pisa, Appearances: 55, Goals: 6
  • 1992–1994: Team: Sevilla, Appearances: 64, Goals: 12
  • 1994–1997: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 98, Goals: 21
  • 1997–1999: Team: Inter Milan, Appearances: 57, Goals: 11
  • 1999–2003: Team: Lazio, Appearances: 90, Goals: 15
  • 2003–2005: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 36, Goals: 2
  • 2005–2006: Team: Racing Club, Appearances: 37, Goals: 3

National team

  • 1989: Team: Argentina U20, Appearances: 4, Goals: 1
  • 1996: Team: Argentina U23, Appearances: 6, Goals: 1
  • 1988–2002: Team: Argentina, Appearances: 106, Goals: 11

Teams managed

  • 2006: Racing Club
  • 2006–2007: Estudiantes
  • 2007–2008: River Plate
  • 2009–2010: San Lorenzo
  • 2011: Catania
  • 2011: Racing Club
  • 2011–: Atlético Madrid

The next player of the list of all-time greatest Atletico Madrid players is Diego Pablo Simeone González, nicknamed El Cholo, a former Argentine player who played as a midfielder during his professional football career. He has been the manager of Atletico Madrid since December 2011.

Simeone has many achievements with Atletico both as a player and as a manager, and is considered by many experts and fans of the club as a legendary figure in the history of Atletico Madrid.

 Among his honors we can mention:

As a player

Atlético Madrid

  • La Liga: 1995–96
  • Copa del Rey: 1995–96

Inter Milan

  • UEFA Cup: 1997–98

Lazio

  • Serie A: 1999–2000
  • Coppa Italia: 1999–2000
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2000
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1999

Argentina

  • Copa América: 1991, 1993
  • King Fahd Cup: 1992
  • Olympic Silver Medal: 1996

Individual

  • Trofeo EFE: 1995–96

As a manager

Estudiantes La Plata

  • Argentine Primera División: 2006 Torneo Apertura

River Plate

  • Argentine Primera División: 2008 Torneo Clausura

Atlético Madrid

  • La Liga: 2013–14
  • Copa del Rey: 2012–13
  • Supercopa de España: 2014
  • UEFA Champions League: runner-up: 2013–14, 2015–16
  • UEFA Europa League: 2011–12, 2017–18
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2012, 2018

Individual

  • European Coach of the Season: 2011–12
  • La Liga Manager of the Month: October 2013, November 2015, March 2017
  • Trofeo Comunidad Iberoamericana: 2014
  • La Liga Coach of the Year: 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
  • Miguel Muñoz Trophy: 2013–14, 2015–16
  • Facebook/MARCA Football Awards (Best Manager): 2016
  • IFFHS World's Best Club Coach: 2016
  • Globe Soccer Master Coach Special Award: 2017

The next player in the list of best Atletico Madrid players of all time is Juanfran.

#6 Juanfran

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Juan Francisco Torres Belén
  • Date of birth: 9 January 1985 (age 35)
  • Place of birth: Crevillent, Spain
  • Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Playing position(s): Right-back

Club information

  • Current team: Sao Paulo
  • Number: 20

Youth career

  • Kelme
  • Real Madrid

Senior career

  • 2003–2005: Team: Real Madrid B, Appearances: 56, Goals: 7
  • 2004–2006: Team: Real Madrid, Appearances: 6, Goals: 0
  • 2005–2006: Team: → Espanyol (loan), Appearances: 30, Goals: 1
  • 2006–2011: Team: Osasuna, Appearances: 148, Goals: 12
  • 2011–2019: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 243, Goals: 3
  • 2019–: Team: Sao Paulo, Appearances: 20, Goals: 0

National team

  • 2003: Team: Spain U17, Appearances: 4, Goals: 1
  • 2003: Team: Spain U18, Appearances: 3, Goals: 0
  • 2004: Team: Spain U19, Appearances: 4, Goals: 1
  • 2003–2005: Team: Spain U20, Appearances: 11, Goals: 3
  • 2004–2006: Team: Spain U21, Appearances: 9, Goals: 0
  • 2012–2016: Team: Spain, Appearances: 22, Goals: 1

The next player in the list of best Atletico Madrid players ever is Juan Francisco Torres Belén, better known as Juanfran, a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right-back. He currently plays for Brazilian São Paulo Club.

He is one of the best right-backs in La Liga history, coming to Atletico in 2011 with a contract worth just over €4 million and joining the club's regular squad.

Throughout his time at Atletico, he was a reliable and accurate defender who was present in almost all of the club's matches. His honors are as follows:

Espanyol

  • Copa del Rey: 2005–06

Atlético Madrid

  • La Liga: 2013–14
  • Copa del Rey: 2012–13
  • Supercopa de España: 2014; runner-up: 2013
  • UEFA Europa League: 2011–12, 2017–18
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2012, 2018
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2013–14, 2015–16

Spain U19

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2004

Spain U20

  • FIFA World Youth Championship runner-up: 2003

Spain

  • UEFA European Championship: 2012

Individual

  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2013–14
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2015–16
  • UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2015–16

The next place in the list of best Atletico Madrid players of all time is Gabi.

#7 Gabi

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Gabriel Fernández Arenas
  • Date of birth: 10 July 1983 (age 37)
  • Place of birth: Madrid, Spain
  • Height: 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
  • Playing position(s): Midfielder

Youth career

  • San Eladio
  • Atlético Madrid

Senior career

  • 2002–2004: Team: Atlético Madrid B, Appearances: 46, Goals: 4
  • 2004–2007: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 58, Goals: 1
  • 2004–2005: Team: → Getafe (loan), Appearances: 32, Goals: 2
  • 2007–2011: Team: Zaragoza, Appearances: 135, Goals: 16
  • 2011–2018: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 239, Goals: 6
  • 2018–2020: Team: Al Sadd, Appearances: 35, Goals: 0

National team

  • 2003: Team: Spain U20, Appearances: 7, Goals: 1
  • 2004–2005: Team: Spain U21, Appearances: 12, Goals: 0

The next player in the list of best Atletico Madrid footballers of all time is Gabriel Fernandez Arenas, better known as Gabi, a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder.

His style of play is very similar to Diego Simeone in his games, and in many cases he paved the way for his teammates to score goals, especially for Koke and Diego Costa, and played as the heart of the team in designing attacks.

His honors are as follows:

Atlético Madrid

  • La Liga: 2013–14
  • Copa del Rey: 2012–13
  • Supercopa de España: 2014; runner-up 2013
  • UEFA Europa League: 2011–12, 2017–18
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2012
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2013–14, 2015–16

Al Sadd

  • Qatar Stars League: 2018–19
  • Sheikh Jassim Cup: 2019
  • Qatar Cup: 2020

Spain U20

  • FIFA U-20 World Cup runner-up: 2003

Individual

  • La Liga Squad of the Season: 2013–14
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2013–14, 2015–16
  • UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2017–18

The next player in the list of best Atletico Madrid players of all time is Luis Aragonés.

#8 Luis Aragonés

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: José Luis Aragones Suárez Martinez
  • Date of birth: 28 July 1938
  • Place of birth: Madrid, Spain
  • Date of death: 1 February 2014 (aged 75)
  • Place of death: Fuencarral-El Pardo, Madrid, Spain
  • Playing position(s): Midfielder / Forward

Senior career

  • 1957–1958: Team: Getafe
  • 1958–1960: Team: Real Madrid, Appearances: 0, Goals: 0
  • 1958–1959: Team: → Recreativo Huelva (loan)
  • 1959–1960: Team: → Hércules (loan), Appearances: 24, Goals: 17
  • 1960: Team: Plus Ultra, Appearances: 8, Goals: 11
  • 1960–1961: Team: Oviedo, Appearances: 13, Goals: 4
  • 1961–1964: Team: Betis, Appearances: 82, Goals: 33
  • 1964–1974: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 265, Goals: 123

National team

  • 1964–1972: Team: Spain, Appearances: 11, Goals: 3

Teams managed

  • 1974–1978: Atlético Madrid
  • 1978: Atlético Madrid
  • 1979–1980: Atlético Madrid
  • 1981: Betis
  • 1982–1986: Atlético Madrid
  • 1987: Atlético Madrid
  • 1987–1988: Barcelona
  • 1990–1991: Espanyol
  • 1991–1993: Atlético Madrid
  • 1993–1995: Sevilla
  • 1995–1996: Valencia
  • 1997–1998: Betis
  • 1999–2000: Oviedo
  • 2000–2001: Mallorca
  • 2001–2003: Atlético Madrid
  • 2003–2004: Mallorca
  • 2004–2008: Spain
  • 2008–2009: Fenerbahçe

The next player in the list of best players in Atletico Madrid history is Luis Aragonés, a Spanish footballer and manager who played as a midfielder during his career.

After retiring from football, he became the manager of various teams, and had special skills in free kicks. He died on 1 February 2014 aged 75.

His honors with Everton are:

As a player

Atlético Madrid

  • La Liga: 1965–66, 1969–70, 1972–73
  • Copa del Rey: 1964–65, 1971–72
  • European Cup runner-up: 1974

Individual

  • Pichichi Trophy: 1969–70
  • Atlético Madrid's all-time leading top scorer: 172 goals

As a manager

Atlético Madrid

  • La Liga: 1976–77
  • Copa del Rey: 1975–76, 1984–85, 1991–92
  • Supercopa de España: 1985
  • Segunda División: 2001–02
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1974

Barcelona

  • Copa del Rey: 1987–88

Spain

  • UEFA European Championship: 2008

Individual

  • Don Balón Award (Best Coach): 1976–77
  • Marca Leyenda: 2008
  • IFFHS World's Best National Coach: 2008
  • Gold Medal of the Community of Madrid: 2014

The next player in the list of best Atletico Madrid players of all time is Fernando Torres.

#9 Fernando Torres

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Fernando José Torres Sanz
  • Date of birth: 20 March 1984 (age 36)
  • Place of birth: Fuenlabrada, Spain
  • Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
  • Playing position(s): Striker

Youth career

  • 1995–2001: Atlético Madrid

Senior career

  • 2001–2007: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 214, Goals: 82
  • 2007–2011: Team: Liverpool, Appearances: 102, Goals: 65
  • 2011–2015: Team: Chelsea, Appearances: 110, Goals: 20
  • 2014–2015: Team: → A.C. Milan (loan), Appearances: 10, Goals: 1
  • 2015–2016: Team: A.C. Milan, Appearances: 0, Goals: 0
  • 2015–2016: Team: → Atlético Madrid (loan), Appearances: 49, Goals: 14
  • 2016–2018: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 58, Goals: 13
  • 2018–2019: Team: Sagan Tosu, Appearances: 35, Goals: 5

National team

  • 2000: Team: Spain U15, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0
  • 2001: Team: Spain U16, Appearances: 9, Goals: 11
  • 2001: Team: Spain U17, Appearances: 4, Goals: 1
  • 2002: Team: Spain U18, Appearances: 1, Goals: 1
  • 2002: Team: Spain U19, Appearances: 5, Goals: 6
  • 2002–2003: Team: Spain U21, Appearances: 10, Goals: 3
  • 2003–2014: Team: Spain, Appearances: 110, Goals: 38

The next player of our list of best fotballers in history of Atletico Madrid is Fernando José Torres Sanz, nicknamed El Ninio, a former Spanish professional footballer who played as a striker during his professional football career.

Torres started his career with Atletico Madrid and joined Atletico's first team through the youth system.

Torres was a fast striker with excellent vision who had very good ball control skills and was technically very skilled. He used pressure on the defenders with his speed and physical strength, in addition to scoring goals, he also created scoring opportunities for his teammates.

 His honor list is as follows:

Atlético Madrid

  • Segunda División: 2001–02
  • UEFA Europa League: 2017–18
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2015–16

Chelsea

  • FA Cup: 2011–12
  • UEFA Champions League: 2011–12
  • UEFA Europa League: 2012–13
  • FIFA Club World Cup runner-up: 2012

Spain U16

  • UEFA European Under-16 Championship: 2001

Spain U19

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2002

Spain

  • UEFA European Championship: 2008, 2012
  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • FIFA Confederations Cup runner-up: 2013; third place: 2009

Individual

  • UEFA European Under-16 Championship Player of the Tournament: 2001
  • UEFA European Under-16 Championship top scorer: 2001
  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship Player of the To-urnament: 2002
  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship top scorer: 2002
  • Liverpool Player of the Season Awards: 2007–08
  • Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Premier League Player of the Month: February 2008, September 2009
  • BBC Goal of the Month: April 2009
  • UEFA Euro 2008 Final: Man of the Match
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2008
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2008
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2008, 2009
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2007–08
  • FIFA World Player of the Year third place: 2008
  • Ballon d'Or third place: 2008
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Silver Shoe: 2009
  • Marca Leyenda award: 2012
  • UEFA European Championship Golden Boot: 2012
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe: 2013

Decorations

  • Prince of Asturias Award for Sports: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit: 2011

And finally, the last player in the list of best Atletico Madrid players of all time is Diego Godin.

#10 Diego Godin

Best Atletico Madrid players of all time

Personal information

  • Full name: Diego Roberto Godín Leal
  • Date of birth: 16 February 1986 (age 34)
  • Place of birth: Rosario, Uruguay
  • Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Playing position(s): Centre back

Club information

  • Current team: Cagliari
  • Number: 2

Youth career

  • Defensor

Senior career

  • 2003–2006: Team: Cerro, Appearances: 63, Goals: 6
  • 2006–2007: Team: Nacional, Appearances: 26, Goals: 0
  • 2007–2010: Team: Villarreal, Appearances: 91, Goals: 4
  • 2010–2019: Team: Atlético Madrid, Appearances: 277, Goals: 17
  • 2019–2020: Team: Inter Milan, Appearances: 23, Goals: 1
  • 2020–: Team: Cagliari, Appearances: 1, Goals: 1

National team

  • 2005–: Team: Uruguay, Appearances: 136, Goals: 8

The last player of our list of all-time greatest Atletico Madrid players is Diego Roberto Godin Leal, a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a central defender. He currently plays for Cagliari and the Uruguayan national team.

Although Godin does not have significant speed or physical strength, he is known as one of the best and most consistent defenders in the world. During the 2018 World Cup, Jack Watson of The Independent described him as "the best center-back in the world".

Godin is an intelligent center-back, best known for his leadership, position-building and composure.

He also defends very well in one-on-one situations and gives opposing players space and time to play with the ball.

Some of his honors are:

Atlético Madrid

  • La Liga: 2013–14
  • Copa del Rey: 2012–13
  • Supercopa de España: 2014; runner-up: 2013
  • UEFA Europa League: 2011–12, 2017–18
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2010, 2012, 2018
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2013–14, 2015–16

Inter Milan

  • UEFA Europa League: runner-up 2019–20

Uruguay

  • Copa América: 2011
  • China Cup: 2018, 2019

Individual

  • La Liga Player of the Month: April 2014, May 2014
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2013–14, 2015–16
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2014
  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage: 2015
  • La Liga Best Defender: 2015–16
  • UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2015–16
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2015–16
  • FIFA FIFPro World11: Third Team 2016, 2018; Fourth Team 2014, 2017; Fifth Team 2015; Nominee 2019 (18th defender)
  • UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2017–18
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2018
  • IFFHS Men's World Team: 2018

In this article we had a brief look on the best Atletico Madrid players of all time. In the articles we will review other top players of Crystal Palace Club and their honors and achievements.

 

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