A lot has changed since Fernando Torres and Atlético de Madrid went their separate ways seven and a half years ago. Both have grown and consolidated among the greatest thanks to achieving many titles and now, have reunited with the objective to increase their respective success lists. The forward returns with a World Cup and two European Cups under his belt, conquered with the Spanish national team and with the direct participation of the striker to obtain the three titles. To those trophies with the national team, he adds the titles earned with Chelsea: a Champions League title, a European League title and an FA Cup. With all this experience, Torres comes to add his effort to a team that has won seven titles in the last four and a half years: a League title, a King's Cup, two European League titles, two European Super Cups and a Spanish Super Cup.
Fernando Torres left Atlético de Madrid in the summer of 2007 for the Premier League, where he landed in Liverpool, a team that was coached by Rafa Benitez. His arrival to England was spectacular, being chosen as the Best newcomer of the Premier League and the Best Player of 2008 thanks to his 24 goals in 33 matches in the English championship, which he completed with 9 more goals in other competitions. The striker from Madrid would finish his exceptional year with a great performance at the European Cup in Austria and Vienna, where he scored the goal that gave Spain the title against Germany. All of this helped him be a part of the FIFPro World XI and UEFA Team of the Year and win the Bronze Ball.
The Spanish international maintained his high level for the following three seasons he played for Liverpool, scoring a total of 48 more goals throughout those three seasons. He was included again in the 2009 FIFPro World XI and the 2009 Premier League Best 11.
In 2009, he played with the Spanish national team in the Confederations Cup in South Africa, where the national team finished third and the striker from Fuenlabrada was the second top scorer with three goals. A year later, he participated with Spain in the World Cup after overcoming a serious injury, playing seven championship games and winning the first world title for our country.
Chelsea signs the Liverpool star
His great performances in Liverpool had not gone unnoticed to one of the most powerful clubs in the Premier League, Chelsea, which in the winter period of 2011, obtained his services. After a few months adapting to his new team, Fernando Torres started to win titles and became crucial.
First, he decided the pass to the Champions League final with a goal against Barcelona at the Camp Nou and then conquered the FA Cup. Two weeks later, he contributed to achieve the Champions League title against Bayern Munich, causing the corner kick that would lead to the final tie, the extra time and the penalty shootouts where the Blues would win the championship.
During that summer, Torres would complete a fantastic year with the conquest of the 2012 European Cup in Ukraine and Poland with the Spanish national team, scoring one of the goals at the final in Kiev against Italy (4-0). Besides adding his third title with Spain, the Madrid native was proclaimed the Golden Boot with three goals in five games and was included in the ideal Eleven of the Tournament. A finishing touch for a 2012 to frame.
In the following season, Fernando Torres would be decisive in Chelsea winning the UEFA Europa League. An old acquaintance from the player, Rafa Benitez, took the coaching over midway through the season and would take advantage of the talent of the Spanish striker to win the title, since his six goals helped to eliminate Steaua, Rubin Kazan and Basel while overcoming Benfica in the final.
And again during that summer, he showed his potential with the Spanish national team winning the Golden Boot in the Confederations Cup in Brazil with five goals in a tournament where Spain was runner-up. He was also included in the ideal eleven of the competition.
Last season, in a twist of fate, Torres finally went up against Atlético de Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, a feat he had failed to do four times in his time with Liverpool when the teams were placed in the same group in the 2008 Champions League or when both teams faced each other in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals and Fernando missed those four matches due to injury. He was the best 'Blue' player in the 0-0 first-leg, where the Vicente Calderon gave him an affectionate welcome which the player thanked with an applause, and scored the first goal at Stamford Bridge, apologising to the Atlético fans while celebrating such an important goal for the London club.
Last summer in Brazil, the striker from Madrid took part in his third World Cup, achieving a goal in the three games in which he played with the national team, which was eliminated in the group stage.
This season, Fernando Torres would be loaned and subsequently transferred to Milan, a club with which our team has reached an agreement for a loan until the 30th of June, 2016.