Reliving the best moments of Fernando Torres's football career
Torres, who is considered one of Spain's greatest footballers, belonging to their golden era, has played for a number of clubs. He has been a part of several historical moments.
As the football world bids adieu to Torres, we take a look at his top moments.
Starting off with a bang at Atletico Madrid
Torres began his youth career at Atletico Madrid in 1995, before making his senior team debut in 2001.
While he was just 15-year-old, he made good progress and earned a name for himself.
He was named the captain by the age of 19, scoring 91 goals in 244 matches over a span of several seasons, before switching over to Liverpool.
Making impact in debut season at Liverpool
After signing with English giants Liverpool, he surprised everyone with his subtle gameplay.
While he settled down easily, he recorded 33 goals in 46 games of his debut season.
He also made it to the PFA Team of the Year.
Overall, he had an immensely successful career with the club, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances, before moving to Chelsea.
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Spain's title-winning performance in UEFA Euro 2008
Following his splendid Liverpool performance, Torres carried the same form at international level.
It was during the 2008 UEFA Euro, where Spain, despite being the underdogs, rode on his fine performance to clinch the title.
While he assisted David Villa to score the winner in the opening game, it was his cheeky goal in the final that allowed Spain to claim the title.
Torres rescues Chelsea against Barcelona
Following his move to Chelsea, he endured a tough time.
However, his magical moment came during the UCL semis against Barcelona, with Chelsea trailing 2-1 with 10 men.
With Barca dominating Chelsea's box, Torres managed to sneak clear and round off goal-keeper Victor Valdes to score and take Chelsea to the final.
Chelsea won the final, and Torres won his only UCL title.
Torres helped Spain defend 2012 Euro
Torres has been part of several successful campaigns. However, his best performance came in the 2012 Euro, where Spain successfully defended their title. Torres played a huge role, as he scored three goals in the tournament, along with an assist, earning him the Golden Boot.
Back to being best at Atletico
Following his stint with Chelsea, Torres was loaned back to his childhood club in 2014 for two seasons.
Initially, it seemed like a nostalgic move. However, just a few games into the club, and he got his mojo back.
Following a permanent move in 2016, he made an impact as he won the UEFA Europa League in 2017-18.
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