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Ranking Atletico Madrid's 10 Best Strikers From The 21st Century

Three things are always certain - death, taxes, and a world-class striker at the Rojiblancos.

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Atletico Madrid is traditionally a defensive side, but its gallery of stellar players who have graced the red and white stripes mostly comprises top drawer strikers.

The club has a prolific scouting network which helps them replace the stream of stars heading through the exit door each year with someone of similar caliber. In particular, this cycle has seen the Spanish giants land some truly world class goalscorers.

Some stayed long enough to become club legends, while some were pillaged away by the mightier sides in no time. Either way, all of them have had an influence of varying degrees in helping the Rojiblancos clinch so much silverware since the turn of the century, especially in the last decade or so.

The latest to join this conveyor belt of high-profile strikers is Joao Felix, the Golden Boy of 2019 who was snapped up from Benfica for a club-record fee of €126 million last summer. While he still has a long way to go before being considered among the club's best, the Portuguese star has all the talents to achieve that in future.

For now, let's look at the top 10 strikers at Atletico Madrid in this century:

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