Former Spain worldwide Fernando Torres to hang up his boots

Famous Spanish striker, a world and European champion Fernando Torres, who plays for Japanese club "Sagan Tosu" made a decision to hang up his boots at 35 years of age.

He tweeted "I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career", Torres, 35, said on Twitter.

Fernando Torres has had a storied career with huge success at both club level and while representing Spain.

Torres also had spells at Liverpool, Chelsea and AC Milan before heading to Japan in 2018 to play for Sagan Tosu. He helped Sagan narrowly escape relegation from the top flight past year, with the club finishing 14th in the 18-team table, but the team is at the bottom of the J1 table after 16 matches this season.

He also scored in the 2012 European Championship final win against Italy, whilst also helping Spain lift the World Cup in 2010.

Tasting success at a young age with the Under-16 and Under-19 Spanish teams at the European Championships 2001 and 2002 respectively, Torres carried his success over to the senior National setup as well.

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His time at Liverpool will be especially remembered by fans in England at the time because he managed to bag 65 goals in just 102 games, a truly stellar result.

His return to Atletico Madrid had moments to be sure, including an 11-goal La Liga campaign in 2015-16.

Two years later he won the World Cup with Spain and in 2011 transferred to Chelsea for £50m.

Having broken through at Atletico Madrid to captain the side as a teenager and establish himself one of Europe's most promising talents, Torres joined Liverpool in 2007 for a then club-record fee.

He scored 24 Premier League goals in his first season with the Reds, and banged in 81 league goals by the time he left the club to join Chelsea in January 2011.

  • Lawrence Cooper