Fernando Torres finally decided to retire following quite a successful 18-year career, after playing for Atletico de Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan, and Sagan Tosu.

The legendary striker enjoyed the best tenure of his career at Anfield, where he played for 4 seasons and scored 82 goals with 16 assists over 142 caps for the Reds.

There, he built several close friendships that still live up to this day, and that’s why Steven Gerrard sent him a heart-warming message after announcing his retirement:

“I wish you the best for the future, you had a really great career.I loved playing with you and spending time in the dressing room with you. I’d love to relive those days. When I got the ball in midfield, I knew you would be running behind the opponent’s defense and that I could find you straight away. You changed all my bad passes into good ones and I got plenty of assists. I wish you good luck to you and your family, and I’m looking forward to the day in the future when our paths cross again.”

Torres became a bit of a villain for the Reds because of his move to Chelsea, but sadly for him, he was never able to go back to his former self after an injury-riddled tenure.

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Still, he’ll go down as one of the most talented foreign scorers to ever set foot on the English Premier League, and it’s a shame he was never able to lead the Reds to a trophy. About his retirement, ‘El Niño’ wrote on social media:

“Thanks to all of Japan for accepting my family,” he said. “I hope you know that it is a wonderful country. I’ll be sure to return to Japan and visit various places to eat delicious food. I want to relive my time here again.”

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