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Fernando Torres

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 22:32, 29 September 2007 (UTC).2 National team caps and goals correctas of September 3, 2007.* Appearances (Goals)

2001–02 saw Atlético win promotion back to La Liga. The then 17-year-old Torres didn't have the best of seasons in front of goal though, netting only 6 times in 36 appearances in the Segunda División. In November Torres represented Spain at the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship. He scored one goal in three games, but the team didn't progress past the group stage. Later that season in July, Torres won the 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. Again he scored the only goal in the final and ended as the tournament's leading goalscorer (4 goals in 4 games) and best player.

2002 saw Atlético Madrid returning to the first division of Spanish football. In his first season playing in the top division, Torres did not find the transition from second tier football too much of a hindrance as he scored 13 goals as Atlético finished 12th. He also made his debut for the Spanish U21 team.

In 2003–2004 Torres made further strides as he scored 19 league goals in just 35 appearances. He was also named as Atlético's club captain aged just 19. Atlético also improved, but were pipped for a UEFA Cup place on the final day of the season as they finished 7th behind Sevilla due to goal difference in the two team's head-to-head record (2-1, 0-2).

On July 2 it was reported that Torres had cut short his holiday to fly back to Madrid to finalize the move. The next day Torres passed a medical for Liverpool and it was announced that a farewell press conference would be held in Madrid the on 4 July to bid farewell to the Atlético Madrid fans. Later that day, Atlético officially confirmed his transfer to Liverpool on their website.

Torres is Liverpool's current record signing. Although the British media reported the transfer to be £26.5 million, Rafael Benitez confirmed in an interview with Spanish media that the deal was closer to £20 million. It was widely reported that Torres took a pay cut as part of the transfer. A drop from £103,000 a week in Spain, to about £90,000 according to The Times.

He scored his first hat-trick for the club on September 25 in a 4-2 away win against Reading in the League Cup. He put Liverpool a goal ahead at 2-1, his second put Liverpool into the lead again at 3-2, and was followed by the 4-2. He received the Man of the Match and the took the match ball as all players do when they have scored a hat-trick in a game.

At his first ever appearance in a World Cup finals at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Torres scored the final goal in a 4-0 victory over Ukraine with a volley. In the second group match, Torres scored twice against Tunisia, in the 76th minute for Spain to take the lead 2-1 and then again from a penalty kick in the 90th. Torres was dropped from the team for a friendly versus Romania in November 2006, but returned to the national side for the friendly against England in February 2007, a 1-0 win for Spain.

Torres is very good friends with Spain teammate Sergio Ramos. He has been dating childhood sweetheart Olalla since 1999, who he met at the age of eight when his parents moved to the same street as her family in Galicia.

- Winner
- 2001 Under-16 Algarve Tournament
- 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship
- 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship


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