Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Fernando Torres To Retire From Professional Football

Fernando Torres To Retire From Professional Football

"I have something very important to announce", Torres said in a video posted on Twitter. 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.

Fernando Torres will hang up his boots for good after taking on Andres Iniesta and David Villa in a J. League first-division match in August, the former Spain striker said on Sunday, having made a decision to retire before his body gives up on him.

The 35-year-old Spaniard joined the J-League first-division side last summer after long stints with Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea. He has yet to score in 11 matches this season.

Striker nicknamed El Nino in 18 years of career has won the world Cup (2010), Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, Champions League (2012), Europa League (2013 and 2018), League Cup (2012) and the European championship U-19 (2002).

Torres also spoke of his next steps and his desire to connect with Atletico Madrid in the future.

He was at his most prolific at Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, when he scored 81 goals in 142 games across all competitions. Is it the red of Spain, Liverpool, or Atletico Madrid?

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Torres, who scored 38 goals in 110 worldwide matches for Spain, made global headlines past year when he signed with Tosu.

But a lack of form and more injuries turned Torres into a shadow of his former self at Stamford Bridge and at AC Milan, who he joined on loan, before returning to Atletico in 2015.

At club level he won the Champions League and the Europa League on two occasions.

In 2011, he was signed by Chelsea for a then British record transfer fee of £50m.

He scored 38 goals in 110 appearances for Spain, making him the country's third-highest goal scorer behind David Villa (59) and Raul (44).

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