Fernando Torres was given a homecoming to remember as the former Chelsea striker was welcomed by more than 40,000 Atletico Madrid fans packed into the Vicente Calderon following his loan move from AC Milan.
It was confirmed last week that Torres would rejoin Atletico once the transfer window became open and he returned to much fanfare on Sunday as he paraded around the home of the Spanish champions in the Madrid sunshine.
Fans waited for hours outside the ground to catch a glimpse of their idol and the gates to the stadium had to be opened early in order to accommodate the huge numbers in attendance.
Torres first addressed the media and was presented with the No.19 shirt before donning a full Atleti kit to meet the supporters he left for Liverpool almost eight years ago.
"I have long been waiting for this moment,” he said. “It is a pleasure to return to this stadium in the red and white shirt.”
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Torres joins Atletico for the remainder of the season with Alessio Cerci moving in the opposite direction after Milan had made the former’s transfer from Chelsea a permanent one.
The Spain international had initially moved to the San Siro on a two-season loan, which would effectively become permanent given the time remaining on Torres’ Chelsea contract, but the deal was completed far earlier than expected.
Torres scored only one goal in his 10 Serie A appearances for Milan but could perhaps be inspired to recapture his form of old having returned home.