Torres Retires From Football
Former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has called time on his playing career.
The 35 year old played his final game for his Japanese club Sagan Tosu in a 6-1 loss to Vissel Kobe- for whom Andres Iniesta and David Villa featured.
The former Spanish International had earlier in June announced the date of his retirement saying at the time: “I tried to find an iconic moment to play my final game and I think that is a perfect timing.”
Torres began his playing career at Atletico Madrid for whom he made 244 appearances, scoring 91 goals in all competitions. He also captained the side, becoming the youngest captain in the club’s history aged 19.
He joined Liverpool in 2007 for £20m, making 142 appearances for the Merseyside club and scored 81 goals.
In 2011, Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool for a then British transfer record fee of £50m. However, he could only manage 45 goals in 172 appearances for the West London side. One his finest moments in English football did come for the Blues as he won the Champions League in 2012 with the side, famously scoring against Barcelona at Camp Nou in the semi-final.
He left Chelsea in 2014, joining AC Milan on loan before returning to boyhood club Atletico Madrid that same year after four months with the Italian side.
After winning the Europa League title in 2018 with Atletico, Torres signed for Japanese side Sagan Tosu.
Having made his debut for Spain in a friendly against Iberian neigbours Portugal on 6 September 2003, Torres went on to make a total of 110 appearances for the Spanish national team, scoring 38 goals. He is Spain’s third-highest goalscorer of all time.
Known for his blistering pace and sublime finish, Torres- nicknamed El Nino- played in six major tournaments including the World Cup and European Championships.