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Best Atletico Madrid Players of 2020-21

Sun 17 October 2021 | 8:30

Who is the best Atletico Madrid player in 2021? In the following article, we've compiled who we think are the current top players in Atletico Madrid. Read on to find out more about ranking the best Atletico Madrid players this season.

The 2020/21 season was one of the brightest seasons in the club's history as they managed to win their 11th – ever La Liga title. Diego Simeone's boys took full advantage of

Barcelona

and Real Madrid's experiencing the "down side" of life, and achieved the 2020/21 Spanish League trophy deservedly.

They reached the first place of La Liga for the first time after gameweek 9, and no team was able to take them down for 29 more rounds until the end of the season when they were crowned the Spanish champions.

In addition to the significant role which the club's manager, Diego Simeone, played in Atletico's success, no team can achieve anything unless its players have something remarkable to offer, and

Atletico Madrid

had several of these decisive players whose presence have been pivotal in the club's success.

Best Atletico Madrid Players of 2020-21:

In the following article, we are going to take a look at the names of Best Atletico Madrid players of 2020-21, and support our selected players by providing information about their performances last season with their recorded stats. So, keep reading to find more about the

Atlético Madrid seasonal player ratings 2020/21

.

Luis Suarez

  • Full name: Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz

  • Date of birth: 24 January 1987 (age 34)

  • Place of birth: Salto, Uruguay

  • Height: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Position(s): Striker

Luis Suarez

is among the

best Atletico Madrid players of all time

. The 34 – year – old legendary striker took an oath to prove Barcelona wrong after the Uruguayan striker was surprisingly allowed to head for the exits at Camp Nou in the summer of 2020.

Luis Suarez moved to Atletico Madrid from Barcelona in the summer of 2020 in a whirlwind €6 million (£5.5m/$7m) transfer, surprising most of the football world. Suarez's six years at Barcelona were prolific and trophy-laden.

He joined Blaugrana's direct rival in the domestic League, Atletico Madrid, and unquestionably became the most pivotal player in Atletico Madrid squad in the 2020/21 La Liga winning campaign. Suarez scored a total of 21 goals within 32 La Liga appearances for Rojiblancos.

The number include a number of match – winning goals which have been more than vital to the championship, such as the winning goals in Atletico's 2 final games of the La Liga season when they might have lost the title if they had not won the games.

Besides, Suarez has collected 21 points with his goals for the club, more than any other player in 2020/21 La Liga season! Moreover, the Uruguayan striker stood 4th in the list of 2020/21 La Liga top scorers with the said number of goals.

Additionally, he provided 3 assists, which if being added to his 21 scored goals, means Suarez was directly involved in 24 goals out of Atletico's 67 total league goals (35%), in spite of the fact that he missed 6 league game.

While his value was questioned in Catalunya at the beginning of the season- which seemed to be quite unfair with regard to the fact that Suarez became the club's 3rd highest goal scorer of all time with 198 goals within only 6 seasons, and was still the team's second top scorer after Lionel Messi in his last season at Camp Nou - those in Madrid were only too happy to present the 34 –year -old with another prominent stage on which to showcase his talent.

That faith has been richly rewarded by the proven marksman, who carried Atletico Madrid on his shoulders to a memorable glory. Suarez believes that he was underestimated by Barcelona after firing Atletico Madrid to their first La Liga title in seven years.

Suarez once spoke out about the ways in which he exited the Catalan side, and recently gave an interview, where he stated that club said he was too old to perform at the highest level despite scoring at least 20 goals for every season he was there.

“What really bothered me was when they told me that I was old and that I could no longer play at a high level, be up to [the task of fronting] a great team,” Suarez told reporters. “That’s what I did not like.”

Suarez departed Barcelona at 33 years of age, which would in normal circumstances place him well past his prime - but he was still in considerably excellent form.

“If I hadn't done anything at a club like Barca for three or four seasons, I would have understood,” he continued. “But every year at Barca, I scored more than 20 goals per season. I have always had good statistics, just behind Leo (Messi).

“At Barca, circumstances have changed, the club needed changes, and I accepted it. The only thing that bothered me was the way [it happened]. I think I deserved some respect.

"It was a decision that I could not prevent. I felt like I was no longer being counted on, so with my pride I told myself that I was going to continue to show what I am worth. This is why the idea of going to Atletico, a competitive team, appealed to me."

Simeone commented on the striker, “I was very happy from the first day I spoke with him, I had already spoken with him when he was at Liverpool, in an effort for him to sign with us but he chose Barcelona.”

“And when the possibility [for Atletico to sign him] appeared, the club called me and said, ‘what do you think about the possibility of Luis Suarez coming?’ and I replied, ‘are you serious?’ Don’t ask me, let’s go for it, let me talk to him.”

“When I spoke to him, the first thing I said to him was, ‘look Luis, we need to win, and you want to win, the door is open’.”

Marcos Llorente

  • Full name: Marcos Llorente Moreno

  • Date of birth: 30 January 1995 (age 26)

  • Place of birth: Madrid, Spain

  • Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Position(s): Midfielder

The versatile player showed so many brilliant performances last season which was far brighter than the expectations the fans had from him.

He scored 12 goals and provided 11 assists throughout 37 La Liga appearances for the Rojiblancos during the 2020/21 season, and was indubitably one of the best Atletico Madrid players of 2020-21. He stood 2nd in the ranking of top assists providers of the season after Iago Aspas who had assisted 13 goals.

What makes

Marcos Llorente

's number of goals extremely astonishing is the fact that his xG (Expected goals) were only 3.4. Moreover, he created 10 big chances and sent 1.2 key passes per match, which both were the second best record of

Atletico Madrid squad

.

Furthermore, the 26 – year – old midfielder was as sufficient in defensive tasks as he was in contributing to the attacking line: he performed 1.1 successful tackles per match, made 23 clearances, and won 29 interceptions.

Besides, Llorente is a very versatile player who can play in almost every position he is asked to, and actually have a great performance. He was undoubtedly one of the best Atletico Madrid players of 2020-21.

Llorente joined Atelti from city rivals Real Madrid in 2019 and Diego Simeone has since converted Llorente from a midfielder into a second striker, and that has seen him play at an unprecedentedly high level.

"I was very clear that I had to leave," Llorente said in an interview with Club del Deportista. "When Atleti's offer arrived, I didn't hesitate.

"Now, things are going very, very well for me. I'm happy about it.

"When a player gets minutes, they grow. They become a better player, and that's what's happening to me now."

"If you had told me a year ago, I would have said you were crazy," Llorente said about the idea of his change. "I've been a midfielder for almost all of my life, and a defensive one at that.

"The coach told me about it a long time ago; he told me that one day he'd put me up, that he thought it would benefit the team. So, we did it at Anfield, and then after the quarantine I stayed there.”

"Anfield was the most magical night of my career," Llorente said. "It was my best game, for everything that it brought.

"Winning at Anfield, going through the tie against the European champions. Doing it all together, with all the hard work and the team's struggles, we managed to get through."

Kieran Trippier

  • Full name: Kieran John Trippier

  • Date of birth: 19 September 1990 (age 31)

  • Place of birth: Bury, England

  • Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

  • Position(s): Right-back

The English right back was one of the top rated players in Atlético Madrid seasonal player ratings 2020/21 measured by statistics websites. Although he did not manage to score any goal in the 2020/21 La Liga season, the 31 – year – old defender provided 6 assists for his teammates.

However, he was more instructed to be concerned with defending rather than joining attacks. He performed an average of 1.4 successful tackles per match (a total of 39), won 40 interceptions, and made 47 clearances.

Trippier

played an important role in Jan Oblak's keeping a total of 18 La Liga clean sheets during the season.

His move to La Liga may come as a surprise to some, but Kieran Trippier’s performances for Atlético Madrid so far this season have demonstrated why the Englishman was identified as being an attractive acquisition for Diego Simeone’s side.

The 30-year-old has been hugely impressive at right-back for Diego Simeone’s team since joining from Tottenham in 2019 and is contracted until June 2023.

During the summer, rumors continued to swirl that it was a distinct possibility that the England right back might leave the club. Continued interest from Manchester United was tempting the defender and his family to leave Spain.

Despite

Manchester United

interest, Trippier looks set to stay at Atlético Madrid. United were willing to pay £10 million for the England international but Atlético reportedly insisted on £28 million.

Yannick Carrasco

  • Full name: Yannick Ferreira Carrasco

  • Date of birth: 4 September 1993 (age 28)

  • Place of birth: Vilvoorde, Belgium

  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Position(s): Winger, wing-back

The Belgian player returned to the capital of Spain in the January of 2020 after spending 1 and a half season playing for the Chinese side Dalian Professional FC.

Diego Siemone has great faith in him, and he has returned the favor by satisfying performances so far.

Carrasco

appeared in a total of 30 La Liga matches throughout 2020-21 La Liga season, within which he scored 6 goals and provided 10 assists. He was Atletico Madrid squad 2nd top assist provider after Marcos Llorente (11).

Moreover, the 28 – year – old winger was his team's best dribbler with 2.2 successful dribbles per match (7th in the league), and sent the most number of key passes among Rojiblancos's squad with a total of 47 (1.6 key passes per match), placing him 10th among all La Liga players.

He was unquestionably one of the

best Atletico Madrid players of 2020-21

, and their fans rely on him to continue his form for the upcoming seasons.

Carrasco's career at Atletico Madrid has had its ups and downs, but there is no doubt where the player is at the moment. The Belgian has been in excellent form this season.

Diego Simeone has brought out the best in Carrasco since he returned for his second spell at the club after two-and-a-half years away in China.

"He is having a fantastic year. He is a footballer with incredible dribbling and he is fighting to improve even more," Simeone said on Carrasco.

Angel Correa

  • Full name: Ángel Martín Correa Martínez

  • Date of birth: 9 March 1995 (age 26)

  • Place of birth: Rosario, Argentina

  • Height: 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)

  • Position(s): Forward / Winger

The last players on the list of the

best Atletico Madrid players of 2020-21

is the Argentinean attacker who was one of the few players who took part in each and every 38 La Liga games in 2020/21, which clearly demonstrates the remarkable faith Diego Simeno has in his fellow countryman.

Although he was deployed sporadically as a center forward or as a midfielder,

Correa

managed to score 9 goals and assists further 8 goals. Moreover, he created 46 big scoring chances, 11 fewer than Atletico Madrid squad best record of the season (Yannick Carraso, 57).

Moreover, he sent a total of 38 key passes throughout the season. His presence in the squad is highly decisive for his manager, and the fans also love him. They have raised their expectations from the 26 – year – old player to even record better number in the seasons to come.

The Argentinian is a special player. Capable of the best and the worst. Many more times close to 'the best', but what weighs him down are the times when he is close to 'the worst'. Correa is the ideal teammate. He dribbles. He assists. He wants the ball. He works... And now, playing close to the box, he scores.

Messi

is gone and La Liga is trying to find another Argentinian as a substitute. While Spanish football is coming to terms with Messi's departure, Correa has decided to continue to honor a number that he deservedly wears. Atletico's No.10 wants to become the No.10 of La Liga Santander. He has been competing for it for some time now.

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