Fernando Torres admits it “would be a dream" to add the La Liga title to his trophy case
Posted: 2 October 2017 Time: 10:02
Fernando Torres has a Fifa World Cup and Uefa Champions League medal to go with the many others he has won, but his career would not be complete if he does not win a trophy with Atletico Madrid.
Torres, who is yet to win a major competition with Atletico, was first introduced to the world when captained the senior side at age 19, after making his debut for the club as a 17-year-old in May 2001. He had signed his first professional contract at age 15 and was tipped for big things at the club.
However, in 2007, Liverpool secured the services of the Spanish international, spending four years with the Reds before making a move in 2011 to Chelsea, where he won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup. He spent some time at AC Milan in Italy, before returning to Atletico in 2015.
While he was away from Spain, Atletico won the La Liga title in 2013/14, the Copa Del Rey in 2013 and the Europa League in 2010 and 2012.
Now that he is back at the club where he first made his name, Torres has a dream of lifting a major competition trophy with the coach he played with as a 19-year old over 10 years ago - Diego Simeone. And the La Liga title would no doubt be the one he targets most because he is yet to win a league title in his career.
“Winning the league here would be a dream,” said the 33-year-old, who came on as a second-half substitute in the goalless draw with Leganes at Estadio Municipal Butarque on Saturday night.
“As a kid, all of us have dreams and you remember ‘this is my dream’. I did not do it here [win titles] and I will fight for it.”
Torres says he spent the best seasons of his playing career at Liverpool, where he had a telepathic relationship with the legendary Steven Gerrard.
Nicknamed "El Nino", Torres was deadly in the colours of Liverpool and was without a doubt one of the best strikers in the world at the time, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances.
“It’s different. Liverpool gave me their heart and they loved me. I spent probably the best seasons of my life playing for Liverpool. Chelsea gave me what I was looking for when I left Atletico, which is to win trophies. So I hope the best for both of them.”
Torres was speaking to a group of South African journalists at Atletico Madrid’s training ground on Friday.
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