Fernando Torres announces his retirement from football


The World Cup winner has announced his retirement from football, bringing to an end an 18-year career.


He made the announcement through a post on Twitter, saying "After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career."


The Spanish striker has won the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain, scoring 38 goals in 110 caps.


Torres started out with his boyhood club, Atletico Madrid, helping them get promoted to La Liga, scoring 91 goals in 244 appearances for the club.


The Spaniard then moved on to Liverpool, where he became much more known in European football, becoming a clinical striker in the English game, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances in all competitions for the club.

However, a record-breaking move to rivals Chelsea followed, where he flopped massively, scoring just 45 goals in 172 appearances in all competitions for the London club. He did manage to score a crucial goal in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals against Barcelona, as Chelsea went on to win their first ever Champions League title. Torres also managed to win an FA Cup and a UEFA Europa League title in his time in London.


After leaving Chelsea, he had a short and unsuccessful stint at AC Milan, and then he returned back to his boyhood club, Atletico Madrid. On this occasion, he won the UEFA Europa League with the club, as well as getting to the final in the UEFA Champions League, only to be beaten by their arch-rivals, Real Madrid. In his return to Madrid, he managed to score 38 goals in 160 appearances, as he became known more as a secondary striker, rather than being the main man.

The Spaniard played his final two seasons in Japan with J1 League side Sagan Tosu, scoring just 4 goals in 28 matches.


A truly illustrious career, winning only the most prestigious trophies that there are in football to win.