5 Great strikers to have played for Atletico Madrid

  • A rundown of 5 top strikers who played for Atletico Madrid in recent times.
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Modified 19 Nov 2018, 22:24 IST

#3 David Villa

David Villa is a legend in Spain and had a successful stint with Atletico Madrid in 2013-14
David Villa is a legend in Spain and had a successful stint with Atletico Madrid in 2013-14

David Villa will always be recognized as one of the most prolific strikers in La Liga history and also for the Spain national team. He also enjoyed a successful season at Atletico in 2013-2014 in which the team won the La Liga title and Villa played a key part. Although his spell at the club was relatively short-lived, it was certainly memorable.

The Spaniard scored 17 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions and certainly gave it his all during his spell at the Vicente Calderon. Although largely known for his exploits for the national team and time with Barcelona/Valencia, Atletico fans will long remember his role in their title-winning campaign.

He joined Atletico after several seasons spent in La Liga netting goals at an astonishing rate for first Valencia and then Barcelona. After 129 goals for Valencia, the lethal Spaniard would then go on to score a further 48 goals in the famous colors of Barcelona.

It was here he would find new levels to his game, contributing more in build-up play and assists in a star-studded line up where he certainly didn't appear out of place. His strike rate for Spain is absolutely incredible also, with 59 goals in 98 caps seeing him top the list of all-time scorers for the Spanish national team which simply underlines what a brilliant goalscorer he was.

Atletico may have experienced David Villa towards the tail end of his career, but what a privilege it was to see him pull on the red and white jersey. Villa is now seeing out his club career at New York City FC and is still as prolific as ever - terrorizing defenses on the other side of the world.

Published 19 Nov 2018, 22:24 IST
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