Atletico Madrid is one of the most popular and oldest teams in Spain. The team for which the players have made a name for themselves. In this article, we will introduce you to the best Atletico Madrid Forwards of All time.
Atletico Madrid- commonly referred to as Atlético de Madrid- is one of the most successful clubs in the history of Spanish football. The club was founded on 26 April 1903 and since its debut conquered lots of obstacles to name itself as one of the popular La Liga sides. If you look at the players of this team, from the beginning until today; We come across the names of famous football players. During the 117 years since the club was founded; Atletico has won ten La Liga titles, including the 1961 UEFA Cup and three European Super Cups.
we have provided you a list of the
best Atletico Madrid forwards of all time
Our first bestAtletico Madrid
Forwards of all time is Radmel Falcao who is also known for his Hat-trick record. Radamel Falcao García Zárate was born on 10 February 1986 in Santa Marta, Colombia. To start his professional football career he joined Lanceros Boyacá. he made his debut on 28 August 1999, playing the last 20 minutes againstDeportivo Pereira
at the age of 13 years, at that time he became the youngest debutant at that level of Colombian professional football. An achievement to promise his golden age.
His football career got more serious as he joinedRiver Plate
in February 2001 by a $500,000 contract. After 4 successful years, he left River Plate to joinPorto
on 15 July 2009 by a €4.7 million contract. In 2011 "El Tigre" joined Atletico Madrid. The fee of his contract shocked everyone. His €40 million contract was signed on 18 August 2011, with the potential of rising to €50 million based on his performance. He then was considered the most expensive player in the club's history. Falcao made his Atlético debut on 11 September away toValencia
and played the full 90 minutes. He is acknowledged as a natural goalscorer which made him one of the best strikers of his generation.
Falcao spent 2 years with Atletico. He made 91 appearances, scored 70 goals, and had 9 assists. Below is some of his achievement as one of the
best ever Atletico Madrid Forwards
Copa del Rey: 2012–13. UEFA Europa League: 2011–12. UEFA Super Cup: 2012
Colombia's all-time top scorer: 35 goals.Top goal scorer of the UEFA Super Cup: 3 goals. UEFA Europa League Top Scorer: 2010–11 (17 goals), 2011–12 (12 goals). Most goals scored in a UEFA Europa League season: 17 goals
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Who would forget this wonderful player? Our second-
Best ever Atletico Madrid striker
is Diego Forlan who is a two-time winner of both the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe. Diego Forlan was born on 19 May 1979 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is the son of the former player Uruguayan international Pablo Forlán. Growing up by a footballer father, Diego decided to follow him. He had gone through different clubs before his breakthrough withManchester United
. On 22 January 2002, He joined Ferguson's Man United by a £6.9 million contract.
His performances in Man United were outstanding that it is almost impossible to forget his goals. after two years he left England to joinedVillarreal
and then he ended up in Atletico Madrid in 2007. He could get fixed in the main arrangement and with his talent as a hardworking and creative player, he helped Atletico qualify for theChampions League
for the first time in over a decade. He spent four successful years with Atletico and became the league's top scorer and the first player to win the Pichichi Trophy twice.
In his four-year spell with Atletico, he made 198 appearances, scored 96 goals, and had 32 assists. Below is some of his achievement as one of the
all-time best Atletico Madrid strikers
UEFA Europa League: 2009–10. UEFA Super Cup: 2010
La Liga Ibero-American Player of the Year: 2004–05. European Golden Shoe: 2004–05*, 2008–09. FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2010. FIFA World Cup Top Scorer: 2010. FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2010. Campeonato Gaúcho Top Scorer
best Atletico Madrid forwards of all time
, is Garate who had spent almost a decade in Atletico. He was born on 20 September 1944 in Sarandí, Argentina. He began his career withSD Eibar
in 1960 and then he joined SD Indautxu in 1963. After three years in SD, he could break into Atletico Madrid and along with such great players to name Luis Aragonés, Adelardo, Javier Irureta, Enrique Collar, and Ufarte, made Atletico one of the greatest club in Spain in the late 1960s and early 1970s. At his golden age with Atletico, he made history, he won the Pichichi three times in a row between 1968 and 1970.
He was an extraordinary goalscorer who made 241 appearances and scored 153 goals. Below is some of his achievement as one of the all-time best Atletico Madrid strikers:
Intercontinental Cup: 1974. Spanish League: 1969–70, 1972–73, 1976–77. Spanish Cup: 1971–72, 1975–76. Pichichi Trophy: 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71
Our fourth best Atletico Madrid forwards of all time is Diego Costa who is also well-known for his fiery temperament. Diego da Silva Costa was born on 7 October 1988 in Lagarto, Brazil. His father named his son after his football hero, Diego Armando Maradona- the Argentine hero, despite the ever controversy between these two countries. Diego's father truly believed that his son would turn into a pro footballer, and his dream came true.
At age 15, Diego left his hometown to enjoy better football opportunities. His first club was Barcelona Esportivo Capela. despite all struggles, he could break into the upper level of football as in February 2006 he joinedBraga
. Playing in Europe offered him many more chances. He joined Atletico in 2007- the time he was named the new Kaka- but till 2010 he played in some other clubs on loan. In 2010 he was completely transferred to Atletico. He remained with the club since 2014 and once again after a 3-year break inChelsea
he rejoined Atletico On 21 September 2017.
Although L'Equipe named Costa as the most hated footballer in December 2015, based on his provocative and violent behavior, his strength and determination make him one of the best Atletico Madrid forwards of all time. Up to now, he made 213 appearances, scored 82 goals, and had 36 assists. Below is some of his achievement as one of the
best Atletico Madrid Forwards ever:
La Liga: 2013–14. Copa del Rey: 2012–13. UEFA Europa League: 2017–18. UEFA Super Cup: 2010, 2012,2018. UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2013–14
La Liga Player of the Month: September 2013. La Liga Team of the Season: 2013–14. UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2013–14. Zarra Trophy: 2013–14. Fastest goal in the UEFA Super Cup: 2018
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Joaquín Peiró is our fifth best Atletico Madrid forwards of all time. During his professional football time in Spain, he would only play for Atletico, he was indeed a faithful player. He was born on 29 January 1936 in Madrid, Spain. In 1954 He joined Atletico and spent 8 successful spells with them. In 1962, after more than 100 official goals for Atlético, he left Spain to continue his football in Italy till his retirement. This talented forward passed away on 18 March 2020 at the age of 94.
He made 166 appearances and scored 95 goals. Below is some of his achievement as one of the best Atletico Madrid strikers ever:
Copa del Generalísimo: 1959–60, 1960–61. UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1961–62
The second all-time leading goalscorer for Atlético Madrid with 169 goals is the next one on our list of
the best Atletico Madrid forwards of all time
. Adrián Escudero García was born on 24 November 1927 in Madrid, Spain. In 1945 he could break into Atletico from the amateurs Club Deportivo Mediodía and soon became an inseparable member of the team. On 8 March 1953, Escudero netted Atlético's 1000th goal in the top division, and five years after his achievement he decided to retire himself from football when he was only 30. After his retirement, he still kept his relationship with the club but this time as a youth team coach then as assistant manager.
Adrián Escudero passed away on 7 March 2011. with his one and only club, he made 287 appearances and scored 169 goals. Below is some of his achievement as one of the
best strikers in Atletico Madrid history:
La Liga: 1949–50, 1950–51. Copa Eva Duarte: 1951. Copa del Generalísimo: Runner-up 1956
Monchín Triana Trophy: 1956–57
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Commonly known as Kun Agüero, this great Argentine professional footballer is our next name on the list of the best Atletico Madrid forwards of all time
He was born on 2 June 1988 in Buenos Aires. like so many other Argentine boys, he had the dream of football so he joined the youth system ofIndependiente
at the age of nine and became the youngest player to debut in the first division when he was only 15 years old, so he broke the record previously established by Diego Maradona- his current father in law- in 1976. In 2003 he broke into Independiente main team and after 3 successful spells, he took a bigger step and joined Atletico in May 2006 for €20 million which broke the club's previous transfer record.
Based on his brilliant tactics, Sergio Agüero is considered to be one of the best strikers in the world. He has mentioned that the former Brazilian striker "Ronaldo" has influenced his style of play the most. He remained with Atletico until 2011. He made 230 appearances, scored 100 goals, and had 46 assists. Below is some of his achievement as one of the
best forwards in Atletico Madrid history
UEFA Europa League: 2009–10. UEFA Super Cup: 2010. Copa del Rey runner-up: 2009–10
FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Shoe: 2007. FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Ball: 2007. La Liga Ibero-American Player of the Year: 2007-08. Don Balón Award: 2007–08. Golden Boy Award: 2007. World Soccer Young Player of the Year: 2009
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Luis Aragonés Suárez was born on 28 July 1938 in Madrid Spain. With his glorious performances, he is still considered one of the best Atletico Madrid forwards of all time, and also he had a successful background as the coach of Atletico in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Aragonés began his playing career withCD Getafe
in 1957, at that time he got the nickname "the elf". After one year, he signed his contract withReal Madrid
but he could never manage to get into the main team. He always played as a loan.
He had played in different clubs before 1964 as he signed with Atletico. At that period he was famous for his free kicking style so he was named "Zapatones", meaning "big boots. His influences on Atletico were so remarkable, in his very first spell with the club, he helped to win the title of 1965-66 season. For a decade he stayed with Atletico before his retirement and starting his career as a coach. To date, Aragonés remains Atlético's all-time top goalscorer and is ninth in the club's all-time appearance list. This legendary striker passed away on 1 February 2014 at the age of 75. In his 10-years stay, he made 165 appearances and scored 172 goals.
Below is some of his achievement as one of the
Atletico Madrid best forwards ever:
La Liga: 1965–66, 1969–70, 1972–73. Copa del Rey: 1964–65, 1971–72. European Cup runner-up: 1974
Pichichi Trophy: 1969–70. Atlético Madrid's all-time leading top scorer: 172 goals
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
The ninth player on our list of the
best Atletico Madrid forwards of all time is Antione Griezmann, a well-known french player. Antoine Griezmann was born on 21 March 1991 in the commune of Mâcon in the département of Saône-et-Loire. He had begun his career playing for hometown club UF Mâcon. He had passed the trials of different football clubs but all of them rejected him due to his shortness, if only they knew he would turn into one of the famous strikers of all time.
Having tried different trials, he could break intoReal Sociedad
in 2009. Shortly after his debut, he proved himself as a worthy player. For 6 years he remained there and later on, on 28 July 2014, Atlético Madrid officiated that the little prince would sign his 6 years contract with them. Two years after his debut with Atletico he got nominated for Ballon D'or and obtained 3rd place. Until 2019 he played for Atletico and then on 14 May 2019 he left the club to joinBarcelona
. In his 5-year spell, he made 257 appearances, scored 133 goals, and had 50 assists. Below is some of his achievement as one of the Atletico Madrid best forwards ever:
Supercopa de España: 2014. UEFA Europa League: 2017–18. UEFA Super Cup: 2018. UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2015–16
Ballon d'Or (3rd place): 2016 -2018 .The Best FIFA Men's Player: 2016 (3rd place), 2018 (6th place). La Liga Fans' Five Star Player: 2016. FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball: 2018. FIFA World Cup Silver Boot: 2018. FIFA World Cup top assist provider: 2018. IFFHS Men's World Team: 2018. La Liga Best Player: 2015-16
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The last name on our list of the best Atletico Madrid forwards of all time is Fernando Torres who had started his football career right from Atletico. Fernando José Torres Sanz was born on 20 March 1984 in Fuenlabrada, Spain. As a child, he adored football and so to catch his dream of becoming a well-known footballer he joined his first team, Parque 84 as he was only 5 years old. His brother was also interested in football and he played in the position of a goalkeeper. To imitate his brother, Fernando also started his football as a goalkeeper but after two years his position changed to forward. Fernando joined the Atletico Madrid youth club in 1995 and he got promoted to the main team in 2001. Torres' first season in La Liga was in 2002-3. It was not an easy task for him but gradually he could get along. He remained with Atletico until 2007 and then joinedLiverpool
by a £20 million contract.
Torres- who is described as an eye for the spectacular- once again in 2015 joined Atletico Madrid and played there for 3 years. Meanwhile, he had also played in Cheleasa andAc Milan
. He announced his retirement as he was playing inSagan Tosu
. He made his farewell in a J1 League match against Vissel Kobe on 23 August 2019.
With Atletico, he made 351 appearances, scored 121 goals, and had 16 assists. Below is some of his achievement as one of the best Atletico Madrid forwards of all time:
Segunda División: 2001–02. UEFA Europa League: 2017–18. UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2015–16
UEFA European Under-16 Championship top scorer: 2001. UEFA European Under-19 Championship top scorer: 2002. UEFA Team of the Year: 2008. FIFA World Player of the Year third place: 2008. Ballon d'Or third place: 2008. UEFA European Championship Golden Boot: 2012. FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe:2013
In the article above, together we had a rundown of the all-time best Atletico Madrid forwards. Undoubtedly, over the years, many players and strikers have contributed to the success and development of this team that it is impossible to name all of them.. Which player do you think should be added to our list? Share your opinion with us in the comment section.