Fernando Torres announces his retirement after 18 years of football career for both Club and Country.
The former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea’s striker has announced his retirement from football.
The 35-year-old spent most of his time in Europe playing for four clubs– Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan and ended his legacy in Asia with Sagan Tosu, during his 18-year career Torres attain legendary status at Atletico.
The Spain international striker swapped Atletico Madrid for Japanese side Sagan Tosu last July, at the beginning of the summer he proclaimed that he would retire after the match with Vissel Kobe on 23 August that he played against his international compatriot Andres Iniesta and David Villa as his last match.
He went head to head once more with Iniesta, with whom he usually shared the pitch as a rival at club level and a teammate for Spain. The match ended 6-1 to Vissel Kobe – with Iniesta finding the back of the net – Torres‘ professional career has officially been brought to an end.
The 2010 Fifa World Cup winner hosted by South Africa took to his Twitter saying: “I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.”
Torres breaks through his hometown club Atletico Madrid and made his debutant in 2001, during his time at the club he contributed 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances. In July 2007 he signed for the Premier League side Liverpool, he spent four years at Anfield playing 102 competitive matches for the club with 65 league goals, he became the first player after Robbie Fowler to score more than 20 leagues goals in their first season.
He left Liverpool in 2011, to join their Premier League rivals Chelsea for a world record fee of £50,000,000 for a player in the era.
despite his disappointing goal hauls in the league, his late goal against Barcelona in April 2012 gave the Blues the Champions League final, in which they triumph over Bayern Munich.
At club level, Torres was capable of lifting some outstanding trophies. He won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in 2017/18, along with reaching the Champions League final with Los Rojiblancos in 2015/16, while at Chelsea he lifted the FA Cup and the Champions League in 2011/12, as well as the Europa League in 2012/13.
Torres had already acquired both the 2008 European Championship and South Africa-hosted World Cup with Spain conquering Europe for a second time with La Roja in 2012. His loan to Milan from Chelsea led to his return to Atlético Madrid in January 2015 before he later joined the Japan side Sagan Tosu last July.
Fernando Torres iconic moments for Chelsea was in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona at the Camp Nou in 2012 when he dribbles past Victor Valdes to scored the goal that books their final spot. Below is the video:
Wishes had been paid by both clubs and international teammates and the clubs he represented during his football career.
Liverpool and Chelsea both wished Torres well in retirement, tweeting video highlights of his goals for their respective causes.
Iniesta also bid a farewell to Torres by saying: “it’s been a wonderful journey, it has taken us to every corner of the world“.
Iniesta and Torres have been friends since they played together for Spain’s youth teams, with Torres writing on a shirt for Iniesta that someday they would “win the World Cup together“.