Torres was part of the Spanish national team from 2003-2014.
The Madrid-born forward put an end to his 18-year career in a match that was spoiled by his countryman, Vissel Kobe's Andres Iniesta, who left the game all but won when he was forced out of the pitch in the 45th minute on Friday.
Torres played his last professional career match with Sagan Tosu against Vissel Kobe but he had to see his side getting a beating of 6-1 against the visitors. "Here we both are, about to play your last game as a professional", Iniesta wrote.
The Spain greats enjoyed worldwide success at the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships, having played together since representing their country at youth level.
"I tried to find an iconic moment to play my final game and I think that is ideal timing". It is as if life, capricious her, had brought us to Japan to say goodbye.
"Football brought us together more than 20 years ago, when we were kids".
Twitter was filled with special tributes to the man affectionately known as "El Nino". "And it will never separate us", said Iniesta.Читайте также: Iranian oil tanker pursued by USA says it is going to Turkey
"We began away from spotlights and cameras until we came to share thousands of experiences before winning a World Cup for our country".
"I wish we could go back to those days. knowing you could run behind defenders, and I could find you with passes, and you turning all my bad passes into good passes".
After helping Atletico to promotion to La Liga the following season, Torres established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in Spain, top-scoring in five successive seasons to earn a move to Liverpool in 2007.
In 2011, he was signed by Chelsea for a then British record transfer fee of £50m.
Torres was never really the same player after his knee injury in 2010, but he scored a sensational 72 goals in 116 appearances during his first three seasons on Merseyside.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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