Fernando Torres has announced his decision to hang up his boots at the age of 35, with a press conference to explain the details of his retirement to come on Sunday.
The Spanish striker has been playing in Japan with J1 League side Sagan Tosu since 2018, when he left boyhood club Atletico Madrid for the second time.
Announcing his decision on social media, Torres wrote: "I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career. 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."
I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career. 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. pic.twitter.com/WrKnvRTUIu— Fernando Torres (@Torres) June 21, 2019
Madrid-born Torres began his senior playing career at Atleti back in 2001, quickly becoming a mainstay of the first team and scoring 91 goals in 244 games before a £20m move to Liverpool in the summer of 2007, where he attained superstar status before making the move to Chelsea, where he became a European champion. He then made a loan move to AC Milan and a transfer to Atletico Madrid before eventually landing Japan. However, there is no doubt that his career highlight was winning the FIFA World Cup with Spain.
Here's how fans bid farewell to the Spanish legend:
The goat has spoken once again— Josh(FAN) (@SuperiorSissoko) June 21, 2019
Thankyou for the memories El Niño ❤️ YNWA— Nees (@NesreenMoussa) June 21, 2019
All the best Torres! That goal in Barca was something special. 👊🔵— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) June 21, 2019
I never noticed the first touch from Torres from the many times I've watched this goal. I always thought he let it bounce first.— T Blah (@SkinnyLoner) June 21, 2019
i love this— lewis (@DaddyDeeney) June 21, 2019
You mean Liverpools number 9 🤦♂️— Umair 6 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@Umair_thelfcfan) June 21, 2019
He won more at Chelsea than he won anywhere else. Chelsea #9— me🇬🇭🇬🇧 (@udaob) June 21, 2019
Good luck El Nino, man can't never forget 2012 how you single handly took us to the Ucl finals and that match in Barcelona won us the trophy. I day I will never ever forget. Once a blue always a blue 💙💙💙💙. Thanks Chap hope to see you in the side lines as a coach soon— define me (@oga101) June 21, 2019
Congratulations on an amazing career! Wishing you all the very best for the future. Thank you for always giving it everything in a Blue shirt and for your important contribution in our European Trophy victories and more. All the best Nando!— Chelseadaft.org ⚽️ (@chelseadaft) June 21, 2019
Torres goal at Barcelona with Neville commentary still gives me goosebumps. You will always be remembered for that and Also winning the corner at munich which Drogba converted. Legendary. Thank you sire.— Viranchi Dwivedi (@ViranchiD) June 21, 2019
What a player he was! Thanks for the memories pic.twitter.com/BHXzEkZ6gb— Chet (@chet_ag) June 21, 2019