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World Cup winner Fernando Torres announces his retirement

Legendary Spanish striker Fernando Torres has announced his retirement from football.

The 35-year-old, who had been playing in Japan for Sagan Tosu after 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.’

TORRES’ TROPHY CABINET: 

World Cup – 2010

European Championship – 2008, 2012

Champions League – 2011-12

Europa League – 2012-13, 2017-18

FA Cup – 2011-12

He shared a video as part of the announcement featuring some of his most famous goals and highlights and will explain his decision further in a press conference on Sunday. 

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 golden years under Vicente del Bosque. 

His trophy cabinet is stacked with the greatest prizes football has to offer. 

Two European Championships bookend the World Cup win in 2010 and he played a key role in helping Chelsea to the Champions League with a goal to break Barcelona hearts in a famous semi-final clash at the Nou Camp. 

Torres scored the winner against Germany in Euro 2008 and was also on target late on four years later when Spain thumped Italy 4-0 in the final of Euro 2012. 

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