Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Fernando Torres: Former Liverpool, Chelsea & Spain striker to retire

Fernando Torres Fernando Torres announced his retirement today sparking emotional reactions from fans
Cary Erickson | 23 June, 2019, 13:45

He tweeted "I have something very important to announce".

"After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career", he said on social media.

He will reveal more about his decision to retire at a press conference in Tokyo on Sunday at 1000 local time (0200BST).

Torres helped Spain to their first ever World Cup title in 2010 between back-to-back European Championship wins in a period of dominance for La Roja.

The 35-year-old had been playing in Japan's J.League with Sagan Tosu, but will be mostly remembered for his spells with Atletico and Liverpool, plus a hugely successful global career with Spain.

He also did not rule out becoming a manager or coach back in Europe.

Then followed a £50 million move to Chelsea in 2011 in which he failed to deliver. But, his form took a sharp dive and he struggled to score on a consistent basis, with the striker failing to lodge double digits in any league campaign for Chelsea.

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Chelsea, as expected, shared a clip of his breakaway goal against Barcelona that sealed the 2012 Champions League semi-final in injury time.

He was signed by Atletico in a free transfer after his contract expired with Chelsea.

He also won the FA Cup and scored in their 2-1 win against Benfica in the Europa League final in 2013.

The Spanish striker began his career with Atletico Madrid, where he appeared in 214 matches scoring 82 goals between 2001 and 2007.

On the worldwide stage, he scored the victor in the final of Euro 2008 as perennial underachievers Spain won their first major honour in 44 years, before following that up with World Cup and a second European Championship success in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Torres scored more than 100 goals during his decorated soccer career.

He scored 38 goals in 110 appearances for Spain, making him the country's third-highest goal scorer behind David Villa (59) and Raul (44).