5 Great strikers to have played for Atletico Madrid
Over the years Atletico Madrid captain's complimented a steely, solid approach to the game with the presence of some world-class strikers who have fired them to glory. The following 5 strikers all played for the club for varying periods of time, yet all certainly played their part in the clubs success and rise to prominence within the Spanish game.
These are strikers who were all hot property in the world game during their time at the club, and many have gone on to achieve great things with other clubs while some have looked to see out their careers in the lower reaches of football as they close out their playing days.
Here we look at some of the most prolific and well-known that have featured up top for the side from Madrid.
#1 Fernando Torres
Where else could we start on this list? 'El Nino' is a legendary figure at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid. After joining the club in 1995 age 11, he went on to make over 400 appearances in two separate stints.
Torres netted 129 times for the Madrid-based side and often donned the captain's armband even as young as 19 years of age as was his influence and importance to the side. He was greatly missed when he departed for Liverpool in the Premier League where he was at the peak of his powers.
Torres then went on to play for Chelsea and AC Milan, before returning to Atletico Madrid in 2016 for a second spell. He is currently plying his trade in Japanese football with Sagan Tosu.
Although he now plays at a much lower level, Torres is an idol at this club, and you would have to go far to find much more popular than him with Atletico's adoring fanbase.