Atletico Madrid have always had to battle with Real Madrid and Barcelona to enter into the select group of elite clubs in Spain, and this has also been the case in the transfer market, with several footballing legends almost signing for Los Rojiblancos

As the team with the third most trophies won in Spain, Atletico have had some great players in their ranks, especially in attack, whether that be Diego ForlanFernando TorresDiego Costa or Sergio Aguero

They were also able to secure Paulo Futre in the 1990s, as well as Roberto AyalaJose Eulogio GarateEnrique Collar and Joaquin Peiro over the course of the last century. 

However, there are several other names who could have been added to that list if certain deals had been able to be pushed over the line. 

Atletico identified a lot of players before they became superstars, but often they were unable to close the deal because clubs with a bigger economic might swooped in. 

MARCA have done a brief review of those players who could have represented Los Colchoneros but never did.

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Samuel Louis is a young Haitian student that loves to write and learn. He’s passionate about people and culture and finds comfort in knowledge. As a writer for Haitian Times, he looks forward to opening his horizons about journalism, while doing what he loves.

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