Fernando Torres has officially played his last match as a professional footballer. The man who is now 35 years old closed a series of beautiful stories with the Japanese club, Sagan Tosu.
In the match against Vissel Kobe, Torres had to admit a 6-1 defeat to the team inhabited by Andres Iniesta and David Villa. Torres’s retirement news would be something very sad. During his career, Torres is known as a super sharp attacker.
In undergoing a career with the Spanish National Team, Torres has embraced all prestigious trophies. From the European Cup to the World Cup trophy.
Not only at the international level, but Torres’s sharpness when playing at the club level also must not be underestimated. He once won the Champions League trophy with Chelsea and made all Liverpool fans in the world feel amazed.
Yes, Torres had a very extraordinary time in Liverpool. Despite failing to donate the trophy, Torres may be called the number 9 best user in the world when wearing the Reds. It was also recognized by former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic.
Launching from Givemesport, Nemanja Vidic’s nightmare was when Torres ran carrying the ball. Equipped with a neatly wrapped headband on the head, white ankle-protector, plus Nike Total 90 shoes, the attacker nicknamed El Nino always succeeded in making the defender, known for being tough, be overwhelmed.
Torres’s extraordinary season at Liverpool is incomplete if he doesn’t mention Steven Gerrard’s name.
Why Gerrard? Because Torres’s success at Liverpool is unlikely to ever materialize without Gerrard. The relationship between the two players provides a beautiful harmony in every amazing game The Red.
Even Torres also mentioned that Gerrard was the best partner in his career. This was expressed after he decided to hang shoes from the world of football.
“Always I say, Steven Gerrard is the best player who ever appeared with me. He is a player who can complete my game. My level is in a different dimension when playing with it on the field, ”
“It’s been amazing to be able to play with Gerrard for around 3.5 years. It would be nice to go back to that time, even if only playing for a minute,” said Torres (quoted from The Independent)
In the last sentence, he said, Torres wanted to return to play with Gerrard, even if only for a minute. This indicates how romantic the relationship between the two former Liverpool players was.
Talking about Torres’ retirement, Gerrard can only hope that his former team-mates have a better future. Besides, Gerrard also did not forget to remember his good times with Fernando Torres while still in uniform in Liverpool.
“I wish you luck in the future. You have a very extraordinary career, ”
“I miss playing with you and spending time together in the dressing room,”
“I remember, as a midfielder, you always have room to make it easier for me to send feedback. You made me the player with the most assists, ”
“I hope you are happy. And, I also hope that we can meet in the future “. Steven Gerrard (quoted from Givemesport)
Gerrard is a player who likes the style of the game Torres. He even felt angry when Torres left Liverpool to join Chelsea. He once desperately persuaded Torres not to leave Anfield. But the effort was in vain because Torres finally agreed to a contract with Chelsea in 2011.
Narrated by Gerrard, at that time the situation was very complicated. Liverpool did not play in the Champions League to upset Torres and urged the team to release him to Chelsea.
Liverpool was reluctant to release Torres. But, the English club could not provide any guarantees. Conditions that make the Reds and Gerrard dizzy absurdly. Until in the end, Gerrard was made desperate to defend Torres.
Right on his move to Chelsea, Torres has made Steven Gerrard’s heartbroken. But after starting to control themselves, Gerrard realized that Torres did need a better place to achieve his goals.
And true, Torres was able to win the FA Cup trophy, the Europa League, until the European Champions League with Chelsea.
Although Torres managed to grab the glory, not with Liverpool, Gerrard is still proud. Likewise Torres. He will always love Liverpool and remember a row of beautiful moments with Steven Gerrard.
Torres and Gerrard’s collaboration at that time managed to produce 81 goals in 142 appearances for el Nino.