Ex Liverpool and Spain Striker Torres announces retirement from Football

Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Atletico striker has announced he’s set to hang up his boots. The 35 year old is bringing an end to his 18-year playing career.

Fernando Torres, who currently plays for Japanese side Sagan Tosu, made the announcement on social media.

Torres said: “I have something very important to announce.

“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.”

The experienced frontman began his career at Atletico, coming through the youth ranks and made his senior debut aged 17 years against second division side Leganes in March 2001.

He helped Atletico to gain promotion to La Liga the following season.

The youngster established himself in Spain for five more reasons, and inherited the captain’s armband at Atletico aged 19.

He later earned himself a move to Liverpool in the summer of 2007. 

The Spaniard was an instant hit at Anfield, finding the target 33 times in his debut season, he dazzled the Anfield crowd with amazing goals and celebrations.

Torres scored 81 goals in 142 games at Anfield

He went on to register 81 goals in 142 games, before his then record move to Chelsea on Transfer Deadline Day in January 2011. 

He couldn’t replicate his early successes in front of goal at Chelsea, however, he won the FA Cup and the Champions League in 2012, as well as the Europa League in 2013, before leaving for AC Milan in 2014.

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