Fernando Torres teases return to football in cryptic Instagram post

Fernando Torres has teased a return to football – two years after originally announcing his retirement.

Torres called time on his career back in 2019, after a season at Japanese J1 League side Sagan Tosu.

The former Liverpool, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker scored over 250 goals throughout his professional career. He struck 38 goals in 110 caps for the Spanish national team.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, he posted an image of a number nine shirt, which was greyed out.

Torres wrote: “I only understand life in one way: playing.

“Therefore, I have decided to return. This Friday I will communicate where.”

Since retiring, the 37-year-old has been working as a coach at Atletico Madrid’s B team, having joined back in September of last year.

The Spaniard himself came through the Atletico youth system, graduating to the senior team in 2001 at the age of 17.

Torres’s illustrious career

Torres spent six years in the Atletico senior team, establishing himself in the national team by the time he left to join Liverpool in 2007.

He had a hugely successful first campaign at Anfield, netting 24 goals and winning the Liverpool Player of the Season.

Torres then helped Spain to glory at Euro 2008. He scored the only goal in the final against Germany and being named in the Team of the Tournament.

On his return to England, he played a part in Liverpool’s charge towards the title under Rafael Benitez, scoring 14 goals in 24 appearances – including a brace at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

Torres then hit 18 goals in 27 appearances in 2009/10. He then left the club to join Premier League rivals Chelsea in January 2011.

Torres was unable to hit the heights he had reached at Liverpool, but did help Chelsea win their first ever Champions League title in 2012.

He left Stamford Bridge in 2014 to join AC Milan on loan, before resigning with Atletico.

Atletico won the Europa League under Diego Simeone in 2018, with Torres bidding farewell to the club after that game to join Sagan Tosu in Japan, where he completed what seems to have been the first chapter of his career.

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