Former Liverpool & Chelsea Striker Fernando Torres Retires

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Spanish World Cup-winning striker Fernando Torres has played his final professional match before retirement.

The former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea forward, 35, finished his career in Japan with Sagan Tosu.

They lost 6-1 his final game to a Vissel Kobe side featuring former team-mates Andres Iniesta and David Villa.

Iniesta wrote Torres an open letter, in which he said “it’s been a wonderful journey, it has taken us to every corner of the world”.

Torres made 110 appearances for Spain and won the World Cup in 2010, as well as the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, scoring in both finals.

In June, he announced he would retire after the game against Vissel Kobe in Japan’s J1 League on 23 August.

“To say goodbye to football next to my dear friend Iniesta is something I could never imagine,” Torres said in a news conference at the time.

“Also my friend David Villa, with who I share probably the best moments in Spanish football history.

“I tried to find an iconic moment to play my final game and I think that is perfect timing.”

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