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.