After all the recent years of adversities and despair, Fernando Torres has finally come home. Torres, 30 has returned to Atletico Madrid where he started his professional career and burst on the scene as the Sensation of World Football.
After spending seven and a half years away from his boyhood club, Torres was paraded to almost a full Vicente Calderon, as the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker returned to Atletico Madrid. Torres is expected to sign officially on an initial six months loan deal with the option to buy him later on.
Torres has had a very rough patch in front of the goals lately. In his time at AC Milan, Torres only scored once in 14 matches, that too when his first goal came in the very first match he played. Torres returned home to see almost 45,000 people delighted to see him back at Atletico Madrid.
Torres was one of the finest strikers to have come out of La Liga after scoring 82 goals in 214 matches. Torres left Atletico Madrid to join Liverpool in 2007 where he further enhanced his reputation by netting 65 goals in 102 games. Torres saw his stocks go down massively since his move Chelsea in a whopping £50 Million deal in 2011.
Fernando Torres was a mere shadow of himself at Chelsea. His time at Stamford Bridge was a shocker. With just 20 goals in 110 matches saw him loaned to AC Milan and now he has returned to his boyhood club, where he will add an extra dimension to Atletico Madrid’s play.
Torres addressed the fans and media present in the ground. Torres was heard saying:
“How nice it is to return home. I have been waiting a long time for this moment – finally it’s here,’ he said. ‘For me its a special day.
“One day you need to explain to me what I did that you treat me like this.
“The club has changed since I left; now they are competing at the highest level – with Real Madrid and Barca.
“Simeone has been a big reason for my return. He transmits the confidence that the club needs.’
Diego Simeone was Torres’s team mate in his playing days and now Simeone is in charge of an Atletico side which are constantly on the heels of Real and Barcelona and pushing them till the end in the title race. Torres and all the Atletico fans would hope to see the Torres of old on show in his loan spell with his former club. This could be Torres’s last chance at the highest level of the game and he will look to make it work. Torres will wear #19 shirt in his second stint with Atletico Madrid.
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