ATLETICO MADRID

The 10 best players in the history of Atletico Madrid

Jorge Griffa

In 1959, Griffa arrived to play in Spain and won the Copa del Generalísmo, the first Cup competition won by Atletico. He would stay until 1969 and win two more Copas and a league title.

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Enrique Collar

Collar's debut season with Atleti came in the 1953-54 season. The next season he was loaned to Real Murcia in the Segunda but he returned to Atletico Madrid. He stayed there until 1969 and has a Cup Winners' Cup, a league and three Copas to his name as a rojiblanco. He was also selected for the national team 16 times and scored five goals.

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Adelardo

In June 1959, Atletico Madrid played a friendly against Badajoz and just days later, Adelardo had signed with the rojiblancos. He remained there until 1976, playing in 585 officials games including 401 in La Liga. He also scored 73 goals. To this day, he is still the Atleti player with the most appearences for the club. He has three league titles, five Copas, one Cup Winners' Cup and and Intercontinental Cup.

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Luis Aragonés

In 1964, Aragonés joined Atletico Madrid where he would stay for the next decade, winning two Copas in 1965 and 1972, three leagues in 1966, 1970 and 1973 and he also won the Pichichi trophy in 1970. As coach, he would manage the club on four occassions - 1974-80, 1982-87, 1991-93 and in 2001-03. He would win three Copa del Reys as a manager, one league and a Spanish Super Cup while the team were playing in the second division.

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Gárate

Born in Argentina, Gárate arrived to play with Atletico in 1966, coming from Sociedad Deportiva Indauchu. He would retire in 1977 with three league titles, two Copa del Reys, an Intercontinental Cup and three Pichicchi trophies.

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Luiz Pereira

Pereira arrived at Atletico in 1975 and lasted until 1980. He would play in 143 games and scored 14 goals. He won a Copa del Rey and a league title during his stint with the club.

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Dirceu

Dirceu moved from Brazil to Spain in 1979. He would finish his rojiblanco career in 1981-82.

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Paulo Futre

Futre arrived at the club in 1987 and he would remain there until 1993 before returning for the 1997-98 season. He played a total of 173 games in the Primera, scoring 38 goals. Amongst his achievements are two Copa del Reys and a league runner-up place. After his retirement, he would return as the club's Sporting Director, a role he kept until 2003.

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Sergio Agüero

The Argentine arrived in 2006 where he would remain until 2011. He won the Europa League, the European Super Cup and plenty of individual awards during his spell as a rojiblanco.

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Thibaut Courtois

The Belgian was loaned to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea until the end of the 2011-12 season. He would remain there until after the 2013-14 season, however. During his spell in the Atleti jersey, he won a Copa del Rey and a League title also. He also won the Zamora trophy in 2013 and 2014.

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