In the last decade Atletico Madrid has developed into one of the giant clubs in Europe. During that time, they managed to win 2 LaLiga trophies, 3 Europa Leagues, and 2 qualify for the Champions League final. In addition to the presence of Diego Simeone, this factor is influenced by the presence of a row of star-class players.
Interestingly, some of these star players defended Atletico for two periods. Recently, Atletico Madrid returned to repatriate Antoine Griezmenn who had been released to Barcelona. He came on loan. Here are 5 players who costumed Altetico Madrid for two periods.
Fernando Torres is an icon and the best graduate of the Atletico Madrid academy. He was promoted to the first team in 2001 and transformed into one of Europe’s deadliest strikers . In 2007 Liverpool redeemed it at a price of 38 million euros, or around Rp. 639 billion. At Anfield, the performance of the Spanish striker was increasingly fierce through his duet with Steven Gerrard.
However, he surprisingly left for Chelsea in 2011 in order to win a prestigious trophy. Unfortunately, at the London club, his sharpness began to decline. Nevertheless, he became one of the keys to the success of the Blues in winning the first Champions League trophy in the club’s history.
After that, his performance did not improve, and was released to AC Milan before becoming Atletico Madrid’s in 2016 for free. He stayed there for two seasons before moving to Japan to join Sagan Tosu. During his two spells at Atletico Madrid, he scored 121 goals in 351 matches.
Diego Costa joined Atletico Madrid in 2007 for only 1.5 million euros from Braga. Having been loaned to various clubs such as Celta Vigo, Albacete, and Rayo Vallecano, Costa began to become Atletico’s first choice in 2012. He even became an important part when Atletico won the LaLiga title in 2013/14 season with 36 goals in 52 matches.
Thanks to his impressive performance, Diego Costa was recruited by Chelsea for 38 million euros, or around Rp. 639 billion. There he became a key player by presenting 2 Premier League trophies. In 2018 Atletico repatriated Diego Costa for a more expensive 60 million euros. Unfortunately in this second period the player experienced a decline in performance. Last season both parties agreed to terminate the contract and this season he moved to Atletico Miniero in the Brazilian league.
Yannick Carrasco joined Atletico Madrid in 2015 from AS Monaco. He defended this City of Madrid club for three seasons and performed well with the 2017/2018 Europa League trophy offering. In 2018 he surprisingly left for Chinese Super League club, Daliang Yifang. Even though he was the target of big European clubs at that time.
However, last season he returned to Atletico Madrid on a one-season loan. Look good, and be an important part of winning LaLiga. Atlético Madrid immediately made his status permanent with a dowry of 27 million euros, or around Rp. 454 billion.
In 2019, Atletico Madrid signed Alvaro Morata from Chelsea on loan for a fee of 18 million euros with a permanent option at the end of the season worth 35 million euros, or around IDR 589 billion. He recorded 22 goals in 61 matches in all competitions. However, 6 months later he was loaned to Juventus for a fee of 20 million euros or around Rp. 336 billion for two seasons.
Not many know that Alvaro Morata has also previously played for Atletico Madrid, but at the academy team level. In 2007 he then studied in the Getafe academy team and went to Real Madrid’s academy a season later. He underwent his first professional career at the giant club.
On the last day of the 2021 summer transfer window, the public was shocked by the triangular transfer involving Antoine Griezmann. He will return to Atletico Madrid on a one-season loan from Barcelona with a permanent option of 40 million euros.
This can not be separated from the departure of Saul Niguez to Chelsea with the same transfer status. Meanwhile, Barcelona brought in Luke De Jong. This will be Griezmann’s second term after previously defending Atletico in the 2014-2019 period. In his first season he has collected 133 goals from 257 matches by presenting 1 Copa del Rey and 1 Europa League title. In 2019 Barcelona activated the player’s release clause worth 120 million euros or around Rp. 2 trillion.