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Fernando Torres's Biography

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Fernando Torres, nicknamed El Nino, was born on 20 March 1984 in Madrid, Spain.

In July 2007, Fernando Torres was transferred to Liverpool from Atletico Madrid for £20 million.

Torres had been with Atletico Madrid since childhood. Not only did he become, in May 2001, the youngest player to play for Atletico, but he was made captain at just 19.

Fernando Torres made his international debut for Spain in September 2003 against Portugal.

He missed a penalty but went on to score some crucial goals for Spain including the winner in the Euro 2008 final.

Torres made his debut for Liverpool against Aston Villa on August 11, 2007.

From the start, Torres proved successful for Liverpool, with several pundits commenting on his impressive partnership with Steven Gerrard.

Fernando Torres went on to score the most Premier league goals by a foreign player with 24 in his debut 2007-2008 season.

The season finished just before Torres joined Spain's World Cup winning team.

Pedro Calvo, who coached Torres at Atletico Madrid's youth academy, gave the BBC an insight into Fernando Torres.

In August 2009, the official Liverpool website reported that Fernando Torres had signed a deal that included an option to extend his stay at Liverpool for a further year to 2014.

On 29 December 2009, in a game against Aston Villa, Fernando Torres scored his 50th league goal for Liverpool in his 72nd Premier League game. It was a record for lowest number of appearances to get to 50 goals for the club.

In 2010 Torres was part of Spain's World Cup winning squad and came on as a substitute in extra time in Spain's 1-0 defeat of Holland in the final.

On 31 January 2011, Fernando Torres was transferred from Liverpool to Chelsea for a record transfer fee paid by a British club, believed to be worth £50m. At the time Torres became the fourth most expensive transfer in world football behind Cristiano Ronaldo (80m), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (56.5m) and Kaka (56m).

Initially disappointing, there were signs that towards the end of the 2011/12 season Torres was starting to show a return to form, and in the summer of 2012, he was an integral part of the Spain squad which won Euro 2012. In spite of not being a regular in the starting line-up, he nevertheless won the Golden Boot.

In March 2017, Fernando Torres was said to be "stable, conscious and lucid" in hospital after suffering a head injury playing for Atletico Madrid in their 1-1 draw with Deportivo.

In 2019, he joined the Japanese club Sagan Tosu.

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