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Craig Burley gets Fernando Torres tattoo after losing public bet

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Former Chelsea and Celtic midfielder Craig Burley was forced to get a tattoo of Fernando Torres after predicting that the much-maligned striker would fail to score against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey last week.

The 43-year-old Scot - who now works as a television pundit for ESPN - made the public bet in the build-up to the last 16 second leg clash at the Santiago Bernabeu, and stayed true to his word after El Nino bagged a brace to send Diego Simeone's side through to the quarter-finals of the Spanish cup competition.

After recording a 2-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon in the first leg thanks to second-half goals from Raul Garcia and Jose Maria Gimenez, Atletico made the short journey across the capital high in confidence that they could progress to the next round.

Few people predicted that Simeone's side would hold Real in their own backyard, but thanks to two quick-fire goals at the start of each half from a seemingly rejuvenated Torres, Los Blancos crashed out after a 2-2 draw on the night left them reeling from a 4-2 aggregate defeat.

Torres's first goal since returning to Atletico Madrid came after just 49 seconds following good work down the left flank from Antoine Griezmann. The France international crossed for the Spaniard, who unleashed a powerful left-footed shot past the helpless Keylor Navas.

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Sergio Ramos equalised with a well-taken header before the break, but straight after the restart Torres showed another glimpse of his old form as he breezed past Portuguese defender Pepe like he wasn't there, and proceeded to slide home his second goal and restore the visitors' lead.

Cristiano Ronaldo drew Real Madrid level less than ten minutes later, but it wasn't enough for the Champions League holders, who miss out on a last eight tie with fierce rivals Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Burley's misery after Torres's majestic display was compounded when he paid a visit to a professional tattoo parlour to get the former Liverpool and Chelsea marksman's face inked on his lower arm - which he proudly showed off in the ESPN studio after.

You can watch footage of Craig Burley getting his terrible Fernando Torres tattoo in the video above, with a closer look at the final design in the picture at the top of the article!

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