​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."



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 Liverp​ool 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:





​​

​​

​​






​​




​​

​​