La Liga champions Atletico Madrid churn out the finest goal scorers in world soccer year after year. Ever since Fernando Torres captained the club in 2007, the standard of strikers being produced has been of the highest quality; far superior compared to other teams around the globe.
Three of these forwards are the most feared in world soccer, and now plying their trade in England they are competing against each other to become Premier League champions.
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
Manchester City’s talisman is soccer royalty in his homeland of Argentina and was tipped for success from a very young age. He has been a regular international since the age of 18 and was formerly married to Diego Maradona’s daughter, who have a son, Benjamin – what a star he could turn out to be.
Aguero has been a highly consistent performer over the previous three seasons and carried this form into the 2014/15 campaign. He is level with Diego Costa on 17 goals so far this term, however unlike the Spaniard, Aguero has proven he has what it takes to conquer the Premier League year after year. The past few campaigns have been head-to-head battles with Luis Suarez for top scorer bragging rights. This campaign it looks like his former teammate over at Stamford Bridge will be his main competition for individual glory.
Many world-class strike partners have played with the Argentinian since his arrival in Manchester, including Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez, however, he has been and will remain City’s ever present attacking threat. His goals have proved vital for the club and without him the trophy cabinet at the Etihad wouldn’t look quite as impressive.
His finish for one of the most famous goals of the Premier League era (against QPR in 2011) shows you exactly what his game is all about – he doesn’t stop until the last kick, gives his all in every match and oozes passion for the sport.
The good thing for both club and country is that the little man is probably capable of more. It would be fair to say that the Premier League is lucky to have such a talent performing week in, week out.
Diego Costa – Chelsea
The Brazilian turn Spaniard has had to battle his way through the rough to become the striker he is today.
While Aguero was making his debut for Argentina against Brazil, Costa was loaned out to second division Portuguese side Penafiel. The devastating partnership of Aguero and Diego Forlan kept Costa on the fringes of Diego Simeone’s squad for the best part of two seasons.
Costa’s real chance for Atletico came when Forlan’s fitness and form deteriorated after his memorable performances at the 2010 World Cup, in which he picked up the Golden Ball award. After a hat-trick in a 3-2 win at Osasuna, Costa was described as a ‘battering ram’ who played like a hybrid version of the two strikers that used to keep him out of Simeone’s side.