Fernando Torres: Former Liverpool & Atletico Madrid Striker Announces Retirement From Football
Former Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has announced that he is to retire from football.
The 35-year-old, who is currently playing for Sagan Tosu in Japan, confirmed the end of his football career on social media.
In 110 games for Spain, he scored the winner in Euro 2008 and was on target in their Euro 2012 final win.
After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career,” he said on social media.
“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.”
“See you there.”
His career started with Atletico, before a £20m move to Liverpool in 2007, where he scored 81 goals in 142 games.
He was snapped up by Chelsea in a shock Deadline Day move for a then British record transfer fee of £50m in January 2011.
Torres’ time in London got off to a slow start. His first game for Chelsea was a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool, and he scored just once in 18 games for the club during the remainder of the 2010/11 season.
He did form part of FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League successes, but he was considered to have lost his spark and, after a forgettable loan spell at AC Milan, returned to Atletico in 2015.
He finished on the losing side as Atletico lost the 2016 Champions League final to Real Madrid, but won a second Europa League in 2018 – his final appearance before moving to Japan.