Former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35.
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Torres burst into the scene as a teenager at Atletico Madrid earning the nickname ‘El Nino’, before moving on to Liverpool in 2007 for a fee of £20m.
Torres was rated as the best forward at the time when Chelsea decided to break the English Premier League transfer fee and sign the Spaniard for £50m in 2010. This was a move that angered Liverpool fans as Torres was a fan’s favourite at Anfield before leaving after four years with the Reds.
Torres struggled to replicate his Liverpool form at Chelsea and ended up scoring 20 goals in 110 appearances for the Blues. But Chelsea fans will forever have the Spaniard in mind after scoring the second goal against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in 2012 that sealed Chelsea’s passage to the Champions League final in 2012. Torres also scored in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Benfica in the Europa League final in 2013.
In his four-year stay at the Bridge, Torres won the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup.
Torres also had a successful career in the Spain national team and is Spain’s third highest goalscorer with 38 goals, playing in six major tournaments including their 2010 World Cup triumph.
In Euro 2008, Torres scored the winner in Spain’s European Championships final against Germany.
Torres is currently at Sagan Tosu in Japan’s J1 League and has now revealed that he’s set to retire from the game.
Torres wrote on Twitter: “I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.
“Next Sunday, the 23rd at 10:00AM, local time in Japan, I will have a press conference in Tokyo to explain all the details.See you there.”
Torres announced his decision on Twitter and confirmed he will hold a press conference on Sunday to explain his decision.