Atletico Madrid has had a lot of fantastic strikers over the years. In fact, they are pretty famous for it. Whenever one leaves, another world class talent from Fernando Torres to Sergio Aguero to Diego Forlan to Falcao to Diego Costa to Antoine Griezmann seems to emerge.
However, despite Diego Simeone’s incredible run of finding free-scoring front men, there has been the odd stinker.
Let’s hope Joao Felix doesn’t end up like these four.
4. Raúl Jiménez
Now well known in England for his form with Wolves, Jimenez was a flop in his one season at Atleti in 2014/15.
The Mexico international arrived from Club America for around €11m as an Olympic gold winner but scored just once in 27 appearances.
Despite the poor return, Simeone’s side recouped most of their money as they managed to sell him to Benfica for around €9m. After some mixed success in Portugal, his career has picked up again in east London.
3. Luciano Vietto
Diego Simeone signed the Argentine for around €20m back in 2015, after a great season at Villarreal, having also given the forward a chance during his time at Racing Club in his homeland.
However, despite previous form and familiarity with his manager, Vietto scored just three goals in 38 games.
Loaned out to Sevilla the season after, he scored a total of 10 in all competitions and just five at Valencia the season after.
After an even more disappointing loan at Fulham in 2018/19, the forgotten forward has finally left Atleti for good in a €7.5m switch to Sporting CP.
2. Jackson Martínez
In the summer 2014, Martinez arrived from Porto for €35m as one of the world’s top forwards.
He had a fantastic three seasons in Portugal, scoring 67 goals in 90 games and also won three Portuguese Golden Boots.
Unfortunately, his time in La Liga was a complete failure. After six months and just three goals the Colombian completed a transfer to Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League and was quickly forgotten in Spain.
1. Alessio Cerci
The nomadic Cerci was signed after a successful season 2013/14 with Torino, where he scored 13 goals and provided 11 assists.
Following his €18m move, he played just nine matches and failed to score.
The Italian struggled to adapt to Spanish style and returned to Italy just four months later. He joined AC Milan in January 2013 on a loan deal which allowed Fernando Torres return to his boyhood club.
These days, at the age of 31, he is playing for Ankaragucu in the Turkish Super Lig.
Atletico Madrid has had a lot of fantastic strikers over the years (Torres, Villa, Costa or Falcao) also there have been a few who failed, including these four players: