BREAKING NEWS: Fernando Torres retires from professional football
by Chirag R Bhattad
Tokyo: Fernando Torres took to twitter to announce that he will be officially retiring from club football, bringing an end to an 18-year trophy laden career. Torres will give the details behind his decision to announce his retirement on the 23rd of June, 2019 at 10:00 AM. The press conference will take place in Tokyo, Japan.
Fernando Torres was a childhood Atletico Madrid fan, joining their academy and rising through the ranks. He made his first-team debut in 2001 against Leganes in the Segunda division. In his second ever senior level game, he scored his first goal for the club as Atletico defeated Albacete but narrowly missed out on promotion.
After 6 successful seasons at Atletico, Premier League giant Liverpool came in for Torres. Liverpool broke the bank with a £20 million pound bid, then record amount for an Atletico player. In just his first season at the club, Torres became the first player since Robbie Fowler to score 20+ goals in the Premier league, scoring 33 in all competitions.
Torres was at Liverpool for three-and-a-half years, scoring 81 goals in just 142 games. This resulted in the oil-money rich Chelsea to make a £50 million bid for the Spanish superstar. Torres forced a move through to Chelsea, which helped the Stamford Bridge side weaken their direct rivals and sign a world class player.
While his time at Chelsea was much-maligned for his incredible misses and poor form, Torres still chipped in with important goals which helped him win the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, along with the FA Cup. In the meantime, Torres had played an instrumental role in Spain winning the UEFA Euros 2008 and 2012 as well as the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
After a brief loan spell at Milan, Fernando Torres went back to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid, with his three-and-a-half year stint at Atletico producing 38 goals and yet another UEFA Europa League. He later left them at the end of the 2017-18 season to move to Sagan Tosu in Japan, where he will end his career as a professional footballer.
Torres finishes his career with 38 International goals, a third placed finish in the 2008 Ballon d’Or and FIFA Player of the Year, the golden boot in the 2012 UEFA Euros as well as the Man of the Match award at the UEFA Euros final in 2008. He was in the Premier League Team of the Year for 2 straight years, was a part of the UEFA Team of the Year in 2008 and was awarded Gold medal by the Royal Order of Sports Merit in 2011.
We wish Fernando Torres a happy retirement and a great future ahead.