As Fernando Torres prepares to go up against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid, the man who has already won the Champions League with Chelsea has described his return to the final, this time with his beloved Atleti, as ‘the game of his life.’
Despite winning world and European titles with Spain, Torres, now in the twilight of his career, has suggested winning the European Cup with Atletico9 Madrid would trump them all.
In an interview with The Daily Mail Torres said, ‘Nothing would beat winning the Champions League with Atletico,’. ‘I won it with Chelsea, but I was not in a good place. I did not feel I was being treated well at the time — I felt lost.’
The city of Madrid will be abuzz as the two home teams face off in this year’s showpiece in Milan. With one of Europe’s most formidable back-lines, Atletico may carry a slight advantage in the defensive battle that will ensue according to Sports Betting Dime. However, they must also shackle the superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who has 16 goals in this year’s competition.
At one point, the career paths of Torres and Ronaldo threatened to mirror one another. At just 16-years-old, Ronaldo broke into the first team at Sporting, and the following season scored twice on his Primera Liga debut. Linked with a number of Premier League clubs, it was Alex Ferguson who took him to Manchester United. In an interview with Sky Sports, Ronaldo recounted being won over when Ferguson promised he’d play in ’50 per cent of the games.’ He went on to become a sensation, scoring 84 goals in 196 appearances.
Likewise, Fernando Torres came through the youth ranks at Atletio Madrid and was handed his first team debut by Luis Aragones as a 17-year-old, the youngest player to pull on the famous shirt. With 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances, Torres was signed by Liverpool for a club transfer record, setting a new milestone for the most prolific foreign goal scorer in a debut season.
Like Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid, similar fireworks were expected when Torres joined the star-studded cast at Chelsea, after a messy departure from Merseyside. But the Spaniard’s time in west London, where he scored just 20 goals, did not live up to expectations.
Despite winning the European Cup with the Blues, Torres’ recent comments suggest he didn’t feel wanted at Stamford Bridge and he left for AC Milan in 2014 and whose contract is due to expire this summer as was reported by the BBC.
Cristiano Ronaldo has also won the Champions League, twice, in that time, but has gone on to be regarded as a Real Madrid superstar and, along with Lionel Messi, the best player on the planet.
Now the two clash in a royal city of Madrid derby to see who’ll be crowned kings of Europe once more.
For Torres, he’s won everything in the game at club and international level, but as Atleti’s original Galactico, the best may be yet to come.
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