Diego Simeone is playing his tenth season on the bench of Atlético de Madrid. In all this time we have seen great players wear the red and white shirt and leave their mark on the club. Let’s see who the best footballers El Cholo has had at his command have been.
Just because of the name, and all the track records behind him, it should be one of the best Atleti signings. It also came free, so it is already more than amortized. Suárez is already in the records of two club greats like Falcao or Diego Costa.
He still has a lot to prove, a lot of talent to bring out and many years to come to achieve it. But in his second season at the Metropolitano, he is having more regularity and outstanding performances. If he is not yet among the best signings of Simeone, he will have little to do so.
Without a doubt we are facing one of the best signings in the history of Atlético de Madrid. Oblak grew in each game with Atleti and went from being a stranger to the general public to one of the great goalkeepers in the world.
Although Griezmann’s departure from Atlético de Madrid was not the idea, in the five seasons he wore the red-and-white shirt he was one of the great idols of the fans and made a place among the best players in the world.
José María Giménez arrived at Atleti in 2013 as an investment in the future in exchange for less than a million euros and his signing is more than profitable. In all these years, the Uruguayan has been growing and today he is one of the leaders of the red-and-white defense and of the best defenders in LaLiga.
David Villa was only one season at Atlético de Madrid but what a season he did. The Spanish striker arrived for just 2 million euros that were well amortized. Villa was the ideal complement for Diego Costa and with his 15 goals he contributed to Atleti winning the league title.
Diego Godín was also at Atleti before Simeone arrived and he is one of the best players that Cholo has had at his command in his career. The Uruguayan is a symbol of the club and for years he led the defense being one of the best center-backs in the world.
Another of the great scorers of Atlético de Madrid. Falcao arrived at Atleti a few months before Simeone and in his two seasons as rojiblanco scored 70 goals in 91, an average of 0.77 goals per game. Simply spectacular.
When Simeone arrived at Atlético de Madrid, Diego Costa was already at the club although he had not yet woken up. Between 2012 and 2014, the Spanish-Brazilian offered his best version, scoring 56 goals in two seasons that led him to Chelsea. On his return to the club he failed to reach those numbers but those two seasons are more than enough to include him on the list.
Koke made his debut with Atleti in the 2009/2010 season, and after the arrival of Simeone and the restructuring of the squad, the midfielder became more prominent and became a key player in the team until today. Even at his lowest point, he was still a starter on the team.
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