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Fernando Torres deserves more credit

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Torres is one of the most decorated players in the world (©GettyImages)
Torres is one of the most decorated players in the world (©GettyImages).

When Chelsea decided to pay Liverpool a reported £50m in January 2011 there was no doubt that they were signing one of the best strikers in world football and had pulled off a huge transfer coup.

At Liverpool, Torres had a prolific goalscoring record with 81 goals in just 142 games, often scoring crucial and spectacular goals. Prior to this Torres had scored 91 goals in 243 games for Atletico Madrid in Spain's La Liga.

His first few months at Chelsea were not great as he only scored one goal in his 18 appearances that season. Torres has not been as prolific at Chelsea as he had been at his previous two clubs but his contribution to the team is just as important and he still has the knack of scoring very crucial goals.

The huge price tag is perhaps a contributing factor to his failure to recapture his Liverpool form at Chelsea.

Torres has a long list of individual awards, not least the golden boot winner at the 2012 Euros. At international level Torres has won the European Championships with Spain in both 2008 and 2012 and the 2010 World Cup.

Despite not being prolific in front of goal for Chelsea, Torres has won the Champions League in 2012, the FA Cup in 2012 and the Europa League last year. He also scored in the recent Super Cup final defeat against Bayern Munich.

When Torres won the Europa League in May this year he became, along with compatriot Juan Mata, the first players to hold all four trophies - World Cup, European Championships, Champions League and Europa League - at the same time.

At international level Torres is the third highest scorer in Spanish history with 36 goals in 106 games. He has played in five major tournaments with huge success, scoring in the finals of both the 2008 and 2012 Euros.

There were rumours that Torres could leave Chelsea during the summer but he is still there and is still a crucial part of their team. The fact that Demba Ba has not made the impact at Chelsea that he perhaps should have is testament to Torres and his abilities.

All in all Torres is one of the most decorated footballers. He has not, and may never, rediscover his Liverpool form but he is still an important player for Chelsea.

Are Chelsea fans happy with Torres despite his lack of goals or do they think his record transfer was a waste of money?

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