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Fernando Torres To Retire From Professional Football

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Shannon Reynolds | 23 June, 2019, 06:46

Spanish striker Fernando Torres announced his retirement from football on Friday after an 18-year career that included most of the game's major honours.

In 110 games for Spain, he scored the victor in Euro 2008 and was on target in their Euro 2012 final win.

I have something very important to announce. "After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career", Torres, 35, said on Twitter.

He mentioned that he will have a press conference on 23 June, Sunday, at 10 am Japanese local time to explain his decision further.

After breaking through at hometown club Atletico, Torres moved to Liverpool in July 2007 and scored 24 Premier League goals in his first campaign in England.

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Torres made his Spain debut in 2003 and scored the winning goal in the 2008 European Championship final against Germany before helping his country win their first World Cup in 2010.

He joined Chelsea for £50 million in January 2011, but injury and form issues meant that he was never able to consistently reproduce those Liverpool performances at Stamford Bridge.

Time to step away from the ball. While Torres had a bit of a renaissance at his former club, he just wasn't the same as before, with many claiming that the knee problems he suffered at Liverpool had a lasting effort on his ability henceforth.

The 35-year-old had been playing in Japan's J.League with Sagan Tosu, but will be mostly remembered for his spells with Atletico and Liverpool, plus a hugely successful global career with Spain. The former Chelsea and Liverpool superstar though, has now announced his retirement and it will be interesting to see whether he stays in football in some capacity.

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