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5 of the Most Unsuccessful Signings in Atletico Madrid's History


Throughout their history, Atletico Madrid have made many signings, some very good and others not so much. There were footballers who did not adapt to the club's philosophy and others who had no luck to shine.


Here, are five of the worst signings in their history.

5. Diogo Jota


Diogo Jota might be starring for Wolves in the Premier League at the moment, but there was a time in his career that he signed a five-year deal with Atletico way back in 2016. It came as a surprise to many that why such a talented player like him did not make a single appearance for them as he was soon sent on loan to Porto and never returned back to Spain.

4. Luciano Vietto


Another player who failed to fulfill his talent at Atletico, Luciano Vietto could only manage to net  four goals in 38 appearances for them across two different spells and despite manager, Diego Simeone specifically asking for him, the pressure at the club was too much for him.


It was such a disappointment considering that he came to the club after putting on impressive displays for Villarreal.

3. Jackson Martinez


Jackson Martinez moved to Atletico from Porto in 2015 for a fee in the region of 35million, amid high expectations considering that he was banging in goals for fun during his time in Portugal.


However, things did not go to plan for him in Spain as he struggled with their style of play, scoring just three goals in 22 appearances before being shipped of to Chinese Super League (CSL) side, Guangzhou Evergrande.

2. Nicolas Gaitán


Nicolas Gaitan  was the signing that Diego Simeone longed for for many years and, after it took place, it do not have the desired effect for both player and manager. For whatever reason, he did not adapt properly to the team and could only manage just four goals in 43 appearances for them.


He left with a Europa League under his arm but whistled by the fans for the lack of desire on the pitch.

1. Martín Demichelis


In the summer of 2013-2014, Martín Demichelis signed for Atletico with the Argentinian even going on to claim that he was very proud to wear the shirt of the Spanish giants. However, in a strange turn of events, the defender only played for them in two games in pre-season following which he jumped ship and moved to Manchester City to reunite with his former manager, Manuel Pellegrini.