Fernando Torres will play his final game for Atletico Madrid on Sunday, 23 years after joining them as a kid.The 34-year-old striker is an iconic figure in the history of Atletico Madrid but will leave the Spanish side at the end of the season after helping them to win the Europa League .he will play his final game for Atletico Madrid on Sunday, 23 years after joining them as a kid.
It didn’t even take many years for Torres to go from that kid in his boyhood club’s youth system to becoming El Nino, the teenage captain of Atletico and one of the most sought-after strikers around.
Torres was a hero for Atleti in his first spell, truly a supporter on the pitch, but he made the difficult decision to leave the club in 2007 to join Liverpool.
Torres improved further under Rafa Benitez, becoming arguably the best striker in the world as he finished 3rd in the Ballon d’Or voting in 2008 after he had scored the winning goal for Spain in the Euro 2008 final.
Issues at Liverpool saw Torres push through an ill-fated move to Chelsea in 2011 that, while he would win European trophies there, his individual form fell off a cliff.
Half a season on loan at Milan in 2014 didn’t work out either but Torres was gifted the opportunity to return to his boyhood club in 2015.
Despite the fall in his stock, Torres was given a genuine hero’s welcome by the Atletico fans and that’s where he has stayed for four seasons.
This year, his final at the club, saw him finally win a major trophy at Atletico: the 2017/18 Europa League, the first trophy of any kind that he won in an Atletico shirt since lifting the Segunda division title in what was his first full season as a professional.
The Torres/Atletico story finally comes to an end on Sunday but it certainly won’t go unnoticed.
Atletico will pay homage to their number nine with a special message embroidered on their shirts.
Torres, who scored 116 times in 344 outings for Atleti over two different spells, has been most closely linked with a move to MLS or the Chinese Super League.
Although Sources from England Says, Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has admitted that he would love Fernando Torres to join him at the club.”It would be appealing, but I don’t think it’ll happen,” I think it will be difficult to get him to come, and not because we don’t want him. I don’t know what goes on in his head, but he may be thinking about something else.”
Torres has admitted that he has offers from elsewhere and will consider them properly after Sunday’s match vs Eibar.