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Which goal was the best one Atleti scored this calendar year?

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We’ve reached the end of 2016, which offers us a chance to reflect on the year that was before turning our attention to the year ahead. For Atlético Madrid, 2016 was an important year, one that continues the club’s exponential rise as a European powerhouse. Atlético were in the league title hunt until the penultimate weekend and came a crossbar away from likely winning the UEFA Champions League.

With so many important games, and so many important goals, it’s hard to pick the very best. But that said, here are the candidates for best goal of 2016:

Jan. 2: Thomas Partey vs. Levante

Not bad for your first ever league goal in red and white. This brilliant goal kept Atlético at the summit of LaLiga, although Levante would eventually get its revenge in May, eliminating Atleti from title contention.

Jan. 17: Filipe Luís at Las Palmas

Bit of a surprise choice here, a goal not all of you may remember. However, look at the touch Filipe took and the ferocity of the shot. Great goal, the Brazilian’s first in red and white since 2013, and it kickstarted Atleti to a 3-0 win which kept the team in first place.

April 13: Antoine Griezmann vs. Barcelona

Arguably the most important goal of 2016, but was it the best? Gabi’s interception and Saúl’s ridiculous outside-of-the-boot cross made this happen, and Griezmann’s powerful header evened the tie at 2-2 before his late penalty put the icing on the cake that Atleti took with it to the Champions League semifinals.

April 27: Saúl Ñíguez vs. Bayern Munich

This absolutely phenomenal goal from the canterano needs no introduction. It put Atlético ahead in that Champions League semifinal tie against Bayern Munich. It was the only goal of the first leg and Atleti would advance to the final the following week.

Sept. 28: Yannick Carrasco vs. Bayern Munich

Just five months later, Bayern would be victimized again. Carrasco burned right through the defense and beat Manuel Neuer at the far post in what would stand up as the winner in a crucial game in Champions League Group D.

So. There are your five nominees. Vote on the winner in the poll below, and if you think there is a goal (or more than one) that deserved consideration, tell us about it in the comments!