Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is celebrating his 33rd birthday today in what has been a hugely successful career for the Spanish striker.
Now back at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid, Torres remains one of the most revered strikers in the Premier League era, despite his three and a half year spell with the Blues not exactly working out to plan.
668 x Career appearances
243 x Goals
110 x Caps for Spain
7 x Major trophies
4 x Clubs
1 x El Niño
🎂 Happy birthday, Fernando Torres. 🎂 pic.twitter.com/YU7FZ7TSfs
— bet365 (@bet365) March 20, 2017
Having said that, the mercurial striker did pick up both the Champions League and Europa League during his time in West London, as well as an FA Cup, three trophies more than he won on Merseyside, where he is still considered immortal.
However, one stat indeed proves why he will remain a Liverpool legend for a long time. Torres' 24 Premier League goals in his debut season fore the Reds remains the most any foreign player has achieved in their first season in the English top flight.
Happy 33rd birthday to El Niño.
He scored more goals in his debut season (24) than any foreign player in Premier League history.
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 20, 2017
Despite nearing the end of his career, Torres remains an important part of Diego Simeone's side and was integral as Atletico reached the Champions League final last season, only to lose to city rivals Real in a penalty shootout.
The 33-year-old has been honoured by all of his former clubs on social media, aside from AC Milan, with whom the accomplished Spaniard spent an uneventful six month loan spell in 2014. Maybe after reading this, they will post something...
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) March 20, 2017