Fernando José Torres Sanz was born on 20th March 1984. He joined the Spanish club Atletico Madrid as a youth player and made his professional debut in 2001. He became club captain and scored scored 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances for Atletico before moving to Liverpool in 2007.
At Liverpool Fernando Torres, nicknamed El Nino (The Kid in Spanish), became the first player to score more than 20 league goals for the club in a season since Robbie Fowler back in 1995/96, and scored his 50th goal within his second season at Anfield, quicker many of the greats including Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish.
Torres is now firmly established in the Spanish national side alongside David Villa, and helped his country to success in the Euro 2008 finals, scoring the winning goal in their 1–0 final win over Germany.
Despite persistent hamstring troubles which kept him out of much of the 2008/09 season, Torres made a huge impression in the games in which he did play, scoring important goals against Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United among others.
At the end of the season he signed a new £110,000 per week contract keeping him at Anfield until 2013, but had another injury-ridden time through the 2009/10 season. However, he recovered in time to feature in the World Cup with Spain, but looked unfit and pulled up with injury during their final win over the Netherlands.
The 2010/11 season started badly for Liverpool under new manager Roy Hodgson and Fernando Torres' delayed return to the first team didn't help his match fitness.
No longer a Red
In January 2011 Chelsea made a bid for the player which was initially turned down. Torres handed in a transfer request, the bid was increased to £50m (a British transfer record) and the deal went through in the final hours of the last day of the transfer window.