Fernando Torres is set to retire from professional football as his physical body could no longer cope with the demand of active footballing, he said after announcing his retirement on Sunday.
The 35yrs old Spanish World Cup winner and one time world deadliest marksmen didn’t promise to stay fully away from football activities as he did hinted that picking a coaching profession is a possibility.
Fernando Torres who previously played for Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea as striker is finishing his career at Japanese club Sagan Tosu after joining the J-League side in 2018.
“I have a high demand of myself, I always want to be honest and perform at the level I think I should,” said Fernando Torres.
“Knowing my body and listening to my body, I think, especially mentally, that time ‘when I can’t perform at the top level’ is not far and I wanted to end my career in a good way before that happens. I always gave everything I had and I still will give in the next two months,” he added.
Fernando Torres is looking forward to playing his last match against former Spain teammate Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe on August 23.
Torres, who scored Spain’s winning goal in the 2008 European championships and played a key role in their 2010 World Cup triumph tweeted his retirement on Friday, saying: “After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.”
Torres moved from Atletico last summer to play in Japan after returning to his former club side in 2015 but has battled with injuries. He made 334 appearances for Atletico, scoring 111 goals. He also made 142 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 81 times. Then with Chelsea, Fernando Torres appeared in 172 matches and was able to score 45 goals.
Meanwhile, when asked about the future, Torres told a news conference in Tokyo he would continue in an advisory role for Sagan.
“I just need time to spend with my family and think about my next step. I don’t know if it will be coaching or managing. I think I will study both things, and just wait for the call.” said Torres.
Fernando Torres eyes another emotional return to Atletico in the future, after earning his coaching badges.
“When I was a kid, I got a calling to become a football player. I’m sure this kind of calling comes too. You don’t have to look for them.” said Torres.