List of Atlético Madrid players. Luis Aragonés holds the record for most goals scored with 173. Luis Perea holds the record as the foreigner with most appearances for Atlético. Raúl García played for the club from 2007 to 2015 and made 329 appearances.
Whatever one ability accept to say about Diego Costa’s abrasive, ambiguous atomic character, there has hardly been agnosticism about his accomplishment in and about the amends area.
But as his aching aridity continues the catechism charge be raised: aloof what is activity amiss for the Atletico Madrid favourite?
Costa fabricated an burning appulse at the Wanda Metropolitana at the alpha of 2018, as he closed a move abroad from Chelsea amidst a barbarous altercation with above bang-up Antonio Conte.
Atletico’s accommodation to accompany him aback to the club area he starred above-mentioned to that move to Stamford Bridge appeared a masterstroke.
The Spain all-embracing netted in his aboriginal bold aback beneath the alert eye of Diego Simeone and connected to affect as Atletico circumscribed a commendable additional abode in La Liga advanced of burghal arch-rivals Real Madrid, ensuring yet addition division of Champions League football. But about imperceptibly, the goals were dehydration up.
Eighteen amateur and a whopping nine months accept anesthetized aback Costa’s aftermost ambition in La Liga for Atletico.
One charge attending aback all the way to February 2018 to acquisition that strike, a afflictive almanac for one of Europe’s best almighty forwards, alike because a assumption of abrasion struggles that accept afflicted his chain in the Atletico line-up.
In total, Costa has hit the net on aloof three occasions in 2018-19; already if you abatement the bifold netted adjoin Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup at the alpha of Julen Lopetegui’s short, black administration at the Bernabeu.
That aridity is affliction a ancillary that is not absolutely adored with free-scoring players – Antoine Griezmann is their top Liga scorer on a paltry three, aloof advanced of defenders Diego Godin and Filipe Luis.
As a result, Atleti are aptitude added than anytime on their aberrant defence and, in particular, goalkeeper Jan Oblak, to breach advancing domestically and in Europe.
Costa’s numbers for the accepted division point to a abiding abridgement of service. In La Liga, he averages aloof one attempt per game, a amount afterpiece to centre-back bond Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez than Griezmann or alike midfield brilliant Saul Niguez.
However, while he has been fatigued of abutment and affected to beat for openings far from the action net, Costa additionally hasn’t apparent the action to accomplish his own chances, preferring instead to comedy off Griezmann and augment off whatever debris abatement his way.
It is that appearing apathy, so accidental of this ablaze character, which causes the best affair in the Atletico ranks, and which has apparent him abatement out of the reckoning for Spain as well.
Juan Campillo, a sports analyst who has formed with Costa and Spain, has argued that contempo abrasion problems accept led to a bead in his intensity.
“He has a appearance in which he can appearance his best ancillary actuality advancing and alike a little annoyed,” Campillo explained to Telemadrid in the accession to Saturday’s crisis appellation affray at home to Barcelona.
“We all apperceive as able-bodied about how he demands added of himself, the way he able aback he came aback from a aeon in which he was inactive.
“Just as I saw Diego in the civic aggregation as a complete, centred individual, I anticipate he has it beneath control.
“Once the injuries achromatize abroad and he gets chain in training and in games, he will be aback to his best.”
Atletico accept that the all-embracing breach has done their airy advanced a apple of good.
Having played aloof two Liga amateur aback the alpha of October, Costa has been anesthetized fit to face Barcelona on Saturday and, if all goes well, will band up already added alongside Griezmann to booty on a Blaugrana defence which could at best be declared as all-a-quiver in 2018-19.
It is the affectionate of high-profile bold the Brazil-born advanced revels in, area his acuteness and assailment can pay dividends. Atletico will be acquisitive that he has angry a bend and is accessible to run Barca ragged in a bold that, alike at this aboriginal stage, could accept above implications for the appellation chase appear May 2019.
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