Fernando Torres: Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker announces retirement from playing football


Affectionately known as El Nino, Torres scored some incredibly important goals for the Premier League sides and won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012

Fernando Torres has announced he will retire from playing football.

The 35-year-old has been playing in Japan for Sagan Tosu since leaving Atletico Madrid last year, but enjoyed a successful career in Europe and on the international stage.

Torres scored 81 goals for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011


Torres scored 81 goals for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011

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At Liverpool, he scored 81 goals across four seasons and won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea, whom he joined in a controversial £50million transfer in 2011.

“I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career,” he tweeted, adding he will explain more at press conference on Sunday in Tokyo.

Beginning at Atletico, Torres moved to Liverpool in July 2007 and scored 24 Premier League goals in his first campaign in England.

An entire fanbase was left devastated when he moved to London, where, despite scoring fewer league goals, popped up with vital strikes against Barcelona in April 2012, which sent the Blues to the Champions League final where they beat Bayern Munich.

In addition, Torres is a two-time European Championship winner with Spain, while he won the biggest prize of all in 2010 when La Roja beat the Netherlands in the World Cup final.

A loan spell at Milan from Chelsea in 2014 preceded his return to Atletico in January 2015 before he made his move to Japan last July.