BARCELONA – Sergio Aguero, still unpublished as a Barcelona player, this summer he became the 39th footballer to have belonged to the Barça club and Atlético de Madrid. The Argentine signed for Barça, from Manchester City and ten years after leaving Vicente Calderón, three months before, on the last market day, Antoine Griezmann will return to Atlético, becoming the fourth player to make a round trip between both clubs, after Luis García, Miquel Soler and Marcos Alonso.
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The relationship between Barça and Atlético in terms of footballer signings dates back to the summer of 1933, when midfielder Victoriano Santos Troya moved from Madrid to Catalan, where he only stayed for one season and then went to Valencia. His name, of course, is unknown to the general public … Although he is the first player to be honored by Atlético, in February 1933 and with a friendly between the rojiblanco team and the Spanish team.
Since then, and in modern times, there have been not a few top-level players who mainly went from Atlético to Barça, although in the opposite direction there were also indisputable names such as the cases of Miguel Reina in 1973, Marcial Pina in 1977, Marcos Alonso in 1987, Sergi Barjuán in 2003 or David Villa in 2014, the last before Griezmann.
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A top-level technical midfielder, considered among the best players in the world at the time, he was a star of Barcelona since his arrival in 1980 and until his departure (after playing 300 games and scoring 120 goals) in 1988 to Real Madrid, a transfer that hobby ended up forgiving him. After two years at the merengue club, he signed for Atlético, with which he continued to be key and won two Cup titles in two seasons. Together with Miquel Soler, he is the only footballer who played for Barça, Real Madrid and Atlético. As a blaugrana he won 8 titles.
Waiting for the performance of Antoine Griezmann on his return to Atlético and considering that his time at Barça did not reach the significance expected for his price, David Villa is living history in both clubs. He came to Barça from Valencia in 2010 and after three seasons in which he won 8 trophies, scoring 51 goals in 130 games, he signed for Atlético, in which he only stayed for one season but in which he was vital for the conquest of the league title.
As in the case of the Asturian forward, the Uruguayan became a legendary player wearing the Barcelona jersey between 2014 and 2020, when he was forced to leave the club. He reached the Metropolitan and with his goals he was a transcendental element to win the League with Atlético, in which he plays his second season. For Barça he scored 209 goals in 304 games, celebrating 15 titles.
Inside and forward with exquisite technique, he began his career at Elche, from which he passed to Espanyol and after the parakeet team’s relegation he signed, in 1971, for Barcelona. He was indisputable until 1977, playing 314 games that served to win three titles, and he left the club, fired, after being separated by the board after a night out in Madrid after a defeat in Burgos. Atlético was quick to sign him and he played three seasons, at an excellent level, at the mattress club. His return to the Camp Nou as a rojiblanco was very media attention at the time: whistled by the public, he scored two goals in the victory of his team (2-4). Both are missing and one with each foot.
One of the most remembered left-backs at the Camp Nou, where he arrived in 1982 from Atlético de Madrid, where he played from their lower categories and during his first five seasons as a professional. A player highly esteemed by the Barça fans, he remained at the club until his retirement in 1991, winning a total of ten titles playing 381 games in which he scored 17 goals … None more remembered than the one scored against Juventus in 1986.
A midfielder with great tactical features and magnificent versatility, he emerged from Valladolid and signed for Atlético de Madrid in 1987. After one season he was transferred to Barcelona, where he became a key element in the Dream Team’s successes, remaining at the club. Barça until 1995, playing 407 games in which he celebrated 13 trophies. After leaving the Camp Nou he went to Celta and ended his career at Valladolid. Over the years, in his role as coach, he directed the Barça club’s subsidiary.
Andalusian goalkeeper who began his career at Córdoba, signed for Barcelona in 1966, remaining at the Barça club until 1973, winning two Spanish Cups and one Fairs Cup. He added 118 games, alternating ownership with Sadurní in a competition that he got tired of to sign for Atlético de Madrid, with whom he played until 1980 winning a League and a Copa del Rey. He’s the father of Pepe Reina, a youth player who came to play for Barça’s first team and today defends Lazio’s goal.
The only player to defend the shirt of the four Barcelona and Madrid clubs, Soler, a left-handed side with great physical abilities, signed for Barça from Espanyol in 1988 and in 1991 he was loaned to Atlético, where he only stayed one season to return. to the Camp Nou, from where he left permanently in 1993, after adding 187 games and winning six trophies, bound for Sevilla. In 1995 he signed for Real Madrid, where he only played one season to end his career in 2003 as a Majorca player.
A center forward with an excellent scoring nose, he emerged from the Athletic de Bilbao academy, with whose first team he played between 1982 and 1986, when he was transferred to Atlético de Madrid. Two years and 89 games later he was signed by Barça, where he played 305 games and scored 152 goals until 1994, never being indisputable but transcendental under the orders of Johan Cruyff until he left, with the letter of freedom to Deportivo de La Coruña , ending his career at Alavés in 2000.
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Angolan striker who started in Braga, came to Spain to play for Deportivo de La Coruña and in 1958 he signed for Atlético de Madrid, with whom he played nearly 200 games until 1967, winning the Spanish Cup and a Recopa three times. of Europe. After ending his contract with the mattress club, he signed for three seasons with Barça, winning a Spanish Cup. But at the end of the second campaign, the president of the club, Narcís de Carreras, fired him for religious reasons: he was a Jehovah’s Witness. He scored 16 goals in 49 official matches.