Fernando Torres, nicknamed El Niño (The Kid), was born in Madrid in 1984.
Fernando started his career with Atlético de Madrid. He became the youngest player in Atletico history upon making his debut in May 2001. He went on to bag 21 goals in 2003-04 after being named Vicente Calderon’s youngest ever skipper at the age of 19.
Having already top-scored in European Under-16 and Under-19 Championships, El Nino earned a first senior cap in September 2003 against Portugal. Seven months later he chalked up a first international goal against Italy. The forward would go on to net three times in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Clubs around Europe, including Manchester United and Arsenal, were understandably circling. However, in May 2007 it became clear Torres had his heart set on Merseyside when he revealed the phrase ‘We’ll Never Walk Alone’ on the inside of his captain’s armband during a match between Atletico and Real Sociedad. He joined Liverpool FC in 2007, after the club paid their record transfer fee to sign him. El Nino was an instant hit in England as his brand of speedy forward play and physical stature perfectly suited the Premiership. By the end of his debut season, 2007/08, he had scored 33 goals in all competitions - 24 in the Premier League.
On 4 May 2008, Torres equalled Roger Hunt’s club record of scoring in eight consecutive games with his 57th minute winner against Manchester City. His 24th goal of the Premier League season came against Tottenham and set a new record as most prolific foreign goal scorer in a debut season, beating Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 23 goals.
The Spanish international capped his record-breaking season by winning Euro 2008 as La Roja won their first major trophy since 1964. He scored twice in five games. Fernando scored the winning goal for Spain in their 1–0 win over Germany in the Euro 2008 final.
Date of Birth: 20/03/1984
Weight: 12st 4
1st team games: 49
1st team goals: 34
International caps: 55
International goals: 17