Fernando Torres, who played for Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan and Sagan Tosu, announced his definitive retirement from football on Friday morning after a glittering 18-year playing career.
The 35-year-old Spaniard has been playing for the Japanese side Sagan Tosu since leaving boyhood club Atletico Madrid last year, but enjoyed a successful career in Europe and on the international stage.
Fuenlabrada-born Torres won the World Cup in 2010 and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012 with his national side. Legendary Spanish striker netted 81 goals across four seasons with Liverpool and won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea.
El Niño confirmed the end of his football career on social media. The Liverpool great has decided to hang up his boots and announced his intent to hold a press conference in Tokyo on Sunday to explain his decision.
“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 10:00AM, local time in Japan, I will have a press conference in Tokyo to explain all the details. See you there.”