Former Liverpool and Chelsea forward Fernando Torres has announced that he would be retiring from both club and international football. The forward may have tapered off during the latter half of his career, but his goalscoring abilities have always been beyond question.
There have been quite a lot of momentous occasions in Torres’ career, but here are five for which he will be always remembered.
5. Debut and First Goal
Fernando Torres was so good that Atletico Madrid gave him his senior debut at the tender age of 17 years, earning him the nickname "El Nino".
The big stage did not faze the Spaniard, scoring his first senior goal for the club in his second game itself, and nearly scored a 100 goals during his first spell with the Spanish club.
4. Euro 2008 Final Goal
Not too long before this year, Spain were the perennial under-performers on the international stage, failing to win any tournament of note in over 40 years.
All of that changed in Euro 2008 when they finally broke their international trophy's duck. The man that will forever be in Spanish football folklore would be Torres, who scored the only goal of the final, when he dinked the ball over Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.
3. Terrorising Nemanja Vidic in Liverpool's 4-1 Win at Old Trafford
Fernando Torres had some of his best moments individually against Nemanja Vidic while playing for Liverpool against Manchester United in the 2008/09 season.
The Spaniard hassled and harried the Serbian defender into a big blunder as he won possession and scored the opener in the Reds' 4-1 win at Old Trafford. Despite the win, they couldn't win the title as the Red Devils held on to clinch the crown.
2. Champions League Glory
Although the Manchester United blunder will long live in the memory of rival fans, Chelsea supporters will still celebrate his all important goal against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final in 2012.
The Spaniard found himself in a one on one situation against Victor Valdes and coolly slotted in to take the Blues to the finals of the Champions League, which they went on to win.
1. Brace at Vicente Calderon
Torres returned to Atletico Madrid in the twilight end of his career, and it was only right that he scored a brace in Los Rojiblancos' win against Athletic Bilbao in what was the very last league game that was played at the iconic Vicente Calderon Stadium.
The club moved to the Wanda Metropolitano at the beginning of the 2017/18 season.
Five most memorable moments of Fernando Torres’ career