Legendary Spanish striker Fernando Torres has announced his retirement from football after 18 years.
The 35-year-old Spaniard, who had been playing in Japan for Sagan Tosu since leaving Atletico Madrid last year, scored 81 goals across four seasons with Liverpool and won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea.
A World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, Torres said on Twitter: ‘I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.’
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. pic.twitter.com/WrKnvRTUIu
— Fernando Torres (@Torres) June 21, 2019
He shared a video as part of the announcement featuring some of his most famous goals and highlights.
Torres hangs up the boots with 298 senior goals to his name at club and international level and will be remembered as one of the world’s most deadly forwards during the Spanish team’s most successful years under Vicente del Bosque.