Overwhelmed by the arrival of David Villa from Barcelona for the relatively tiny fee of €2-5 million, Atletico Madrid fans could not be held by the stands at the Vicente Calderon during the striker's unveiling ceremony. Security tried to hold back the swarming fans as they led Villa off the pitch, but like a horde of zombies going after the last living human, the crowd's desire to love on him was too powerful.
And yet, when Villa spoke to the press as he received the No. 9 shirt vacated by Falcao, he said his first choice was actually a move to the Premier League. From Sky Sports:
He told reporters: "We had a move to the Premier in mind but then Atleti appeared and within three days all my personal terms had been agreed.
"From a career point of view, they weren't lacking anything. They finished third and will play in the Champions League. They beat Real Madrid to win the Copa del Rey.
"Starting from today, the best club in the world for me is Atletico Madrid."
And the feeling seems to be mutual.