Spain striker Fernando Torres bids adieu to football

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"There's something very important about what I need to tell you".

Torres helped Spain to its first ever World Cup title in 2010 between back-to-back European Championship wins in a period of dominance for La Roja.

He retired from worldwide duty having scored 38 times in 110 caps, a goal total behind only David Villa and Raul, and today, he announced that he was hanging up his boots once and for all, calling time on an 18-year career.

The 35-year-old Spaniard posted a tweet informing the world that he is wrapping up his professional football career as a player after 18-years.

His time at Liverpool will be especially remembered by fans in England at the time because he managed to bag 65 goals in just 102 games, a truly stellar result.

Internationally, however, Torres will never be forgotten by the Spanish public.

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Torres made his worldwide debut for Spain in 2003 and went on to play 110 games for the national side, including six major tournaments.

He mentioned that he will have a press conference on 23 June, Sunday, at 10 am Japanese local time to explain his decision further. But, his form took a sharp dive and he struggled to score on a consistent basis, with the striker failing to lodge double digits in any league campaign for Chelsea.

It's unclear whether he'll finish the season with J-League club, where he has four goals and two assists in 32 games.

A loan spell at AC Milan from Chelsea preceded his return to Atletico in January 2015 before the Fuenlabrada-born forward made his move to Japan last July. The former Chelsea and Liverpool superstar though, has now announced his retirement and it will be interesting to see whether he stays in football in some capacity.

He also won the FA Cup and scored in their 2-1 win against Benfica in the Europa League final in 2013.

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