(3) Francisco Campos Salamanca
Canary Island-born striker Campos made quite a valuable contribution to Atletico Madrid’s history, netting 120 times in only 193 matches he played in. He played 6 matches for Spain and had scored 5 times during the period of 1941-42 but the ongoing World War II destroyed his chances of making it big.
He still has the record of scoring the most goals by an Atletico player in the Madrid derby (a total of 12; 9 of them were in La Liga, 3 in Cup competitions). He also helped Atletico retain back-to-back League titles in 1940 and 1941.
(2) Adelardo Rodriguez
Record setter for the most appearances for Atletico Madrid in a career which lasted 17 long years, the club enjoyed the most successful spell in its history winning three La Liga titles (65–66, 69–70, and 72–73), five Copa del Reys (1960, 1961, 1965, 1972 and 1976), the 1962 European Cup Winners’ Cup, the 1974 Intercontinental Cup during his stay. In his glittering football career, he made 550 official appearances for Atletico, scoring 113 goals.
He won 14 caps for the Spain national football team and scored 2 goals. He was an important part of both the 1962 FIFA World Cup and the 1966 FIFA World Cup squads.
(1) Luis Aragones
Arguably the most decorated player to ever embrace the red and white, Hortaleza-born Aragones scored a record number of 173 goals for the Los Indios. Beginning his celebrated career at Getafe (1957-58), he left for Real Madrid where he spent 3 seasons on loan at three different clubs (Recreativo Huelva: 1958-59, Hercules: 1959-60, Plus Ultra: 1960) without even a single appearance for the Los Blancos.
Things changed dramatically when he joined Atletico Madrid in 1964 where he eventually retired after a decade. Making 372 appearances for his club during that period, he also represented Spain in 11 matches scoring thrice. The talented playmaker also had a successful managerial career, managing a total of 10 different teams including the likes of Barcelona, Espanyol, Sevilla, Valencia, Betis and obviously, Atletico Madrid.
He also managed the Spanish national football team and led them to the UEFA Euro 2008 title. The legend died on 1st February 2014, aged 75.
Notable Mentions –
(i) Diego Forlan
(ii) Diego Simeone
(iii) Sergio Aguero
(vi) Isacio Calleja
(viii) Paulo Futre
(ix) Antoine Griezmann
(x) Jan Oblak