Fernando Torres calls time on illustrious career

Spain’s World Cup winning striker, Fernando Torres has announced his retirement from football after an 18-year trophy laden career.

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Torres, who scored more than 100 goals across two spells at Atletico Madrid, also played for Premier League sides Liverpool, Chelsea and Italy’s AC Milan.

He left Atletico to join Japan’s Sagan Tosu in July last year but struggled to replicate his scoring form in the J-League side.

“After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career,” the 35-year-old Torres said on his official Twitter page.

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Torres scored the winning goal for La Furia Roja in the 2008 European Championship final against Germany, and also helped his country win their first World Cup in 2010 in South Africa.

He was the top scorer at Euro 2012 as Spain successfully defended their title and scored 38 goals in 110 appearances for his country in total, making him Spain’s third-highest goal scorer behind David Villa (59) and Raul Gonzales Blanco (44).

Torres’ best performance was at Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, where he netted 81 goals in 142 games across all competitions.

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He moved to Chelsea for a then British record fee of £50 million (R911, 716, 400 million), winning the FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and Europa League with the London-based club.