Fernando Torres, ex Chelsea and Liverpool star, retires from football

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Citing his pride at having scored the goal that kept Tosu up last season, Torres said he would do everything he could to help their cause before retiring and that he would continue to act as an advisor to the club board afterwards.

Fernando Torres has hailed Steven Gerrard as "the best player" he featured alongside during his illustrious career.

It will be very emotional to say good bye to football next to my friends @andresiniesta8 and @Guaje7Villa.

Torres, who scored more than 100 goals across two spells at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid, also played for Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea and Italy's AC Milan. "I think my level got into a different dimension when I was on the pitch with him", Torres said, as quoted by RTE.

"It was an wonderful three and a half years playing alongside Steven, and I would love to go back to those days, even if it was for one minute". It was an fantastic three-and-a-half years playing alongside Steven.

"Also there will be my friend David Villa, with who I probably share the best moments in Spanish football history".

Spanish World Cup victor Fernando Torres said Sunday his body could no longer cope with the physical demands of football after announcing his retirement from the game.

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"I tried to find an iconic moment to play my final game and I think that is the flawless timing".

Torres was speaking to reporters at a news conference arranged to outline the reasons behind his retirement at the age of 35.

On Friday Fernando Torres announced that he was calling it a day and hanging up his boots from his playing career, after a career where he won everything including the World Cup, Euros and Champions League. "I always want to be honest and perform at the level I think I should".

'I have a high demand for myself, ' he said. "I feel that physically and mentally I'm coming to a stage, where the time when I will not able to perform at the level I want is approaching, and I don't want to be there when it arrives".

'I want to put an end before that happens.

'I will not be back to just be a face. if I go back it will be for big things, to take the club to the next level. "I gave everything I had for my club and I will still give in the next two months".

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