Friday, February 6, 2009
Fernando Torres aka El-Nino
Full name : Fernando José Torres Sanz
Date of birth : 20 March 1984 (1984-03-20) (age 25)
Place of birth : Madrid, Spain
Height : 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position: Striker
Current club : Liverpool
Number : 9
Torres, born in Madrid, became interested in football as a child and joined his first team, Parque 84, at the age of five.
His grandfather was not passionate about football, but prided himself in being an Atlético Madrid supporter, and Torres inherited his love for the Madrid club.
Originally Torres wanted to be a goalkeeper, the position his brother played in. However, when he was seven years old, he started playing regularly as a striker in an indoor league for his neighbourhood club, Mario’s Holland.
He impressed the scouts and, aged just eleven, joined the club in 1995.
Aged just nineteen, he was also named Atlético's club captain.
The transfer fee is the highest paid in Liverpool's history, and in March 2008, manager Rafael Benítez confirmed to The Times that Torres was acquired for around £20 million + Luis Garcia(Worth £10-15 million).
He was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
In May, he finished second to Ronaldo for the FWA Footballer of the Year award.
He set a new record for the most prolific foreign goal scorer ever in a debut season in England.(24 Goals)
Torres was subject to media speculation that Chelsea were willing pay £50 million to sign him but Torres responded by saying it would be "many years" before he left Liverpool.
He was named on the shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year award in December,and eventually came in third place behind Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
He was named in the FIFPro World XI team for the 2007–08 season on 27 October.
In February 2001, Torres won the Algarve Tournament with the Spain under-16 team. The under-16s took part in the 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship in May, which they also won, with Torres scoring the only goal in the final, as well as finishing as the tournament's leading goalscorer and was also named the player of the tournament.
In July 2002, he won the 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, finishing as top scorer and being named player of the tournament and was again the only goalscorer in the final.
El-Nino was called up to Spain's UEFA Euro 2008 squad,where he set up Villa to score Spain's first goal of the tournament in the opening game against Russia.
He scored the opening goal, his first goal of the tournament, in Spain's next game, a 2–1 win over Sweden.
Torres scored the winner and claimed the Man of the match award in the final against Germany in a 1–0 victory.
He was later named as a striker along with his striking partner David Villa in the Team of the Tournament.
He scored two late goals for Liverpool to secure a 2–0 victory over Chelsea on 1 February.HAHAHAHAHHAHHAHA...