BREAKING: Fernando Torres retires after 18 years as a player

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Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres has decided to retire from football,ending his 18 years career as a player.

“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 10:00 AM (3:00 AM CET), local time in Japan, I will have a press conference in Tokyo to explain all the details. See you there.”

Torres began his career from Atlético Madrid youth system to the first-team squad where he made his first-team debut in 2001 and finished his time at the club with 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances. Prior to his La Liga debut, Torres played two seasons in the Segunda División for Atlético, scoring 7 goals from 40 appearances.

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In 2007,joined Premier League club Liverpool after signing for a club record transfer fee to  become the fastest player in Liverpool history to score 50 league goals. He was named in the FIFA World XI in 2008 and 2009.

He left the now Champions League winners in January 2011 to join Chelsea for a British record transfer fee of £50 million where he won the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League in his first full season at Chelsea. The following season, he scored in the final of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, helping Chelsea to win the competition for the first time.

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In additions to his wins,Fernando Torres helped Spain won the three tournaments from 2008 to 2012, and he scored in the finals of both Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

Fernando Torres
Torres scored the winning goal in the 2008 European Championship, and won the Golden Boot for highest goalscorer in 2012.
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