10 top strikers who played for Atletico Madrid in the last two decades
Atletico Madrid is a team which has always had the luxury of having the best-attacking talents of the football world in their team. For many teams, replacing a star striker involves a lot of drama. For Atletico Madrid it is just a minor inconvenience.Countless times over the last two decades, Atletico have seen their star forwards move on to pastures new. However, on each occasion without fail, the Colchoneros have dusted themselves down and found an identical if not a better replacement to take over the goal-scoring responsibilities at the Vicente Calderon.From Christian Vieri in 1997 to Antoine Griezmann in 2016, we take a look at the star forwards who have played and thrived for Atletico Madrid.
#1 Christian Vieri (1997-1998)
Widely considered as one of the best strikers in Europe at his prime, Christian Vieri had a very successful career at Atletico Madrid. The Italian joined Atletico from Juventus for a transfer fee of 10 million euros and spent only one season at the Vicente Calderon.
The Italian however had an instant impact scoring 24 goals in 24 matches in the La Liga helping him secure the prestigious pichichi award in his debut season at Spain.
Ending the season having scored 29 goals in 32 games for the Colchoneros, Vieri cemented his reputation as one of the great strikers to have played for Atletico Madrid.
On back of his strong performances at Atletico Madrid and the World Cup, Christian Vieri moved to Serie A team Lazio for a fee of 25 million euros, thus earning Atletico Madrid a handsome profit of above €15m.