Fernando Torres retires after glittering 18-year career with Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea

Fernando Torres retires after glittering 18-year career with Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea as World Cup winner hangs up boots at 35

  • Fernando Torres has decided to retire from professional football age 35
  • He was prolific for boyhood side Atletico Madrid before earning Liverpool move
  • Spaniard was a hit with the Kop and netted 81 goals across four seasons
  • He also won the World Cup and two European Championships with national side 
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Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has announced his retirement from football.

The 35-year-old Spaniard, who has been playing in Japan for Sagan Tosu since leaving Atletico Madrid last year, scored 81 goals across four seasons with Liverpool and won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea.

A World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, Torres said on Twitter: ‘I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.’

Fernando Torres has retired from football at the age of 35 after a sensational career

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Fernando Torres has retired from football at the age of 35 after a sensational career

The former Atletico Madrid man had two spells at his beloved boyhood club

The former Atletico Madrid man had two spells at his beloved boyhood club

The former Atletico Madrid man had two spells at his beloved boyhood club 

After breaking through at hometown club Atletico, Torres moved to Liverpool in July 2007 and scored 24 Premier League goals in his first campaign in England.

He made a £50million deadline-day switch to Chelsea in January 2011 and, despite recording disappointing goal hauls in the league, his late goal against Barcelona in April 2012 sent the Blues to the Champions League final, which they would go on to win at the expense of Bayern Munich.

Torres had already won both the 2008 European Championship and South Africa-hosted World Cup with Spain and he conquered Europe for a second time with La Roja in 2012.

A loan spell at AC Milan from Chelsea preceded his return to Atletico in January 2015 before the Fuenlabrada-born forward made his move to Japan last July.

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