Spain striker Fernando Torres bids adieu to football

Fernando Torres was a key member of Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning squad

Fernando Torres was a key member of Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning squad

Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has announced he is retiring from football.

"I have something very important to announce", Torres said in a video posted on Twitter.

Torres tweeted his retirement on Friday, saying: "After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career".

Fernando Torres has announced his decision to hang up his boots at the age of 35, with a press conference to explain the details of his retirement to come on Sunday.

He left boyhood club Atletico Madrid - the team he had first departed in order to join Liverpool in 2007 - last year to see out the final years of career in Japan. He helped Sagan narrowly escape relegation from the top flight past year, with the club finishing 14th in the 18-team table, but the team is at the bottom of the J1 table after 16 matches this season.

Torres helped Spain to its first ever World Cup title in 2010 between back-to-back European Championship wins in a period of dominance for La Roja.

Torres hangs up the boots with 298 senior goals to his name at club and worldwide level and will be remembered as one of the world's most deadly forwards during the Spanish team's golden years under Vicente del Bosque.

Torres began his rise to glory at Atletico Madrid where he managed to scored 121 goals in 351 games.

Note that 15 may 2013 Torres (along with Juan Mata) after the triumph against Chelsea in the Europa League has established a unique achievement, as well as being the current winners of the four most prestigious football tournaments - Champions League, Europa League, European championship and world championship.

His return to Atletico Madrid had moments to be sure, including an 11-goal La Liga campaign in 2015-16.

He then switched to Liverpool in 2011 and went on to score 81 goals in 142 games.

He also won the FA Cup once with Chelsea in 2012.

At club level he won the Champions League and the Europa League on two occasions.

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