Former Spanish striker Fernando Torres announces retirement


"After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career," he said on Twitter. Torres said he will hold a news conference in Tokyo on Sunday to 'explain all the details'.

Spanish World Cup winning striker Fernando Torres has announced he is to retire from football.

Torres, 35, has played at Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea in his 18-year career and is currently at Sagan Tosu in Japan's J1 League. In 110 games for Spain, he has scored 38 goals. He scored Spain’s winner in Euro 2008 and was on target in their Euro 2012 final win.

"After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career," he said on Twitter. Torres said he will hold a news conference in Tokyo on Sunday to "explain all the details".

Foundly called El Nino (the kid), Torres' career started with Atletico Madrid, before a £20m move to Liverpool in 2007, where he scored 81 goals in 142 games. In 2011, he was signed by Chelsea for a then British record transfer fee of £50m.

Although he failed to replicate his goalscoring form at Stamford Bridge, he was part of the Blues' Champions League-winning team in 2012. He also won the FA Cup and scored in their 2-1 win against Benfica in the Europa League final in 2013.

After 45 goals in 172 games at Chelsea and a brief four-month loan spell at AC Milan, he returned to Atletico in late 2014.

He finished on the losing side as Atletico lost the 2016 Champions League final to Real Madrid, but won a second Europa League in 2018 - his final appearance before moving to Japan.

Torres, who is Spain's third highest goalscorer behind Raul and David Villa, has played in six major tournaments including their 2010 World Cup triumph. Torres also won the euro cup with the under 16 and under 19 Spanish national side.

Tributes have been pouring in for Torres who was born in Madrid and has scored 260 goals in 756 career club games.

(With inputs from agencies)

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