Born20 March 1984
Fernando Torres is a Spanish professional football player who plays as a striker for the Japanese club Sagan Tosu and for the Spain national team.
Torres has been capped over 100 times and is Spain’s third-highest goalscorer of all-time. He has been described as having “an eye for the spectacular” and is regarded as a technically proficient, highly successful striker. Several injuries have led to a loss of form, pace, confidence and a decreased goal scoring rate in recent times.
Childhood and Early Life
Fernando José Torres Sanz was born on 20 March 1984 in Madrid, Spain. He is also called by his nickname El Niño, which literally translates into ‘The Kid’ in Spanish. He has two siblings Israel and Mari Paz, and Fernando is the youngest.
Torres became interested in football as a child and joined his first team, Parque 84, at age five. His grandfather was not a passionate football fan, but took pride in being an Atlético Madrid supporter, and Torres inherited his love for the club.
Torres began playing football as a goalkeeper, the position his brother played in. At age seven, however, he started playing regularly as a striker in an indoor league for the neighbourhood club, Mario's Holland, using the characters from the anime Captain Tsubasa as inspiration. Three years later, aged 10, he progressed to an 11-side team, Rayo 13.He scored 55 goals in a season and was one of three Rayo 13 players to earn a trial with Atlético.He impressed the scouts and joined the club's youth system at age 11 in 1995.
This talented sports personality was passionate about becoming a soccer player from his early age and began his footballer career joining the youth academy of Atletico Madrid in the year 1995. He launched his professional career for the team on 27 May 2001 in a match away Leganes and scored his first goal for the club after one week later in the match against Albacete. He left the club scoring 82 goals in 214 appearances.
Torres later moved to the English club Liverpool signing the six-year deals. He debuted his career through the club Liverpool on 11 August 2007 in the competitive match against Aston Villa and scored his first goal for the club on 19 August 2007 against Chelsea. Furthermore, He left the club scoring 65 goals out of 102 appearances.
He further joined the club, Chelsea on 31st January 2011 and signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the transfer fee of $56 million with the club. He launched his career through club Chelsea on 6 February 2012 in a 1-0 loss to his previous club Liverpool and scored his first goal for the club on 23rd April 2011 in the match against West Ham United. He left the club after bagging 21 goals out of 110 games.
Further, he spent 2-years loan to the Italian club Milan scoring 9 goals in 25 appearances. Currently, he is playing for his former club Atletico Madrid.
In December 2014, he again joined ‘Atlético Madrid’ club to play for team in the following season.
He launched his international career for his national team on 6th September 2003 in a friendly match against Portugal and his first international goal came on 28 April 2004 in the match against Italy.
As a Football star, he has been honoured by “Golden Boot” winner in 2012 Euro Cups and he was awarded by the “FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe” in the year 2013.
Awards & Achievements
In 2008, he was the ‘Man of the Match’ in the ‘UEFA Euro’ final. The following year, he was a recipient of the ‘FIFA Confederation Cup Silver Shoe’.
He won the ‘UEFA Euro Golden Boot’ in the year 2012 and the following year, he was awarded the ‘FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe’.
Personal Life and Philanthropy
Fernando met the love of his life in the year 2001 which was the first year of being a professional player in Atletica. They met in the Galician seaside town of Estorde, Cee, where Torres would go on familty holidays each year to escape city life from the spanish capital. They married on May 27, 2009. They have three children named Nora, Leo, and Elsa with Olalla Dominguez.
This sports personality is associated with charitable organizations such as ‘Oliver Mayor Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’, ‘UNICEF’, ‘Liverpool´s Disabled Supporters Association’, ‘Club Atletico de Madrid Foundation’, ‘Talita Foundation’, ‘Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’, ‘Grow up Playing Foundation’, ‘Montse Benitez Foundation’.
Fernando Torres Quotes
1.“If football was a drug, I would have died from overdose. ”
2.“Purpose without virtue is vanity. ”
3.“I always live in the present. I never dream about what might happen. Why? It might not.
4.“When I retire, the only thing that concerns me is that no one can say that I was a bad team-mate or disrespectful or self-important. ”
5.“I've always been a sad person. I'm a happy person too, but it's a thing in my brain or my spirit or something, I'm just sad and really acutely aware of mortality and loss. ”
6.“I don't know what to say about myself. I don't know myself (laughs). People say my humility but I believe we're all humble in our own way. I try to stay close to my family and friends. ”
7.“I know my statistics have not been the same as in other years but I'm fighting to get back to those statistics. ”
8.“When you have a bad result, you want the next game to come as quickly as possible because a good result will make people forget about the bad result. ”
9.“The writing is therapeutic for me, it's an introverted process, I'm really inside my head. It's a really obsessive process. The live show, though, is the opposite. It's an extroverted process. It pushes me to connect with people, and so it pulls me out of my head and just pulls me out of myself. ”
10.“Liverpool is a fundamental part of my life. They don't remember me that way, but time will change that. I could not have chosen a better place to go when I left Atletico. ”
11.“It's not easy to come somewhere new and have to find your place. You might feel someone doesn't like you, or you might need to find new friends. It's not easy, and I don't like this kind of thing. It's not easy, so you want to protect the players who are alone. ”
12.“I like changing my hairstyle, much to my mother's annoyance. It depends on my state of mind. ”
13.“I was captain in Atletico at 19, playing in the same team as Demetrio Albertini, who won three Champions Leagues, and Sergi Barjuan from Barcelona, who had won everything, and they were 32, 33. I was a kid as captain, so I wasn't the real captain, just a kid learning from them. ”
14.“If I score against Liverpool I will not celebrate. ”
15.“When you become an adult you just make that transition and you're right... it's fun and exciting to be an adult and exciting to have independence, but once you're out from under the cover of your family's protection and love, you sort of have to take a step back and come to terms with the fact that you won't really ever have that again in the same way. You'll never be a kid again. ”
16.“When I get to connect with people, I'm not in my head anymore and I like that, that's nice.
17.“Fitness is important, but the most important thing is how you adapt and the way you feel physically. To adapt to a new position. To try to change your game. ”
18.“At Liverpool, I had almost everything but titles. I felt like a king, but the team was falling apart. ”
19.“I guess just personally I've become a bolder person in my day-to-day. I think a lot of it came from moving to Brooklyn. I just sort of became an adult and started speaking up for myself and not apologising for myself. ”
20.“The songs can be dark, but the adrenaline doesn't really change, regardless of what it is I'm singing, I still have the adrenaline, it's still a high. ”
21.“You have to know what club you are playing for, or you just play for yourself. Every time I put on a Liverpool shirt, I know it is more than just a football game. ”
22.“One of the reasons I chose to come to Liverpool was because of the mentality of the club. It's a working club and a working city. I don't know why but I feel like one of the people here. They recognise me and wish me luck but in Spain they surround you and you can't do anything. I think they're happy with me here. ”
23.“The live show allows me to transcend myself, because it's not about me anymore. The writing process is very much about me but then the live show is not. They feel really different. ”
24.“Sometimes I'd like to have a conversation with a friend in a restaurant without feeling I'm being watched. At this rate I will have to go on holiday to Greenland. But maybe the Eskimos would know me. ”