Ferguson dropped a few clangers during his 26-year tenure at Old Trafford - including his inexplicable decision to sign Bebe for £7.4 million - but the iconic Scot feels even his worst mistakes in the transfer market were blown out of the water by Chelsea’s decision to smash the British record for El Niño.
"Even [my] very worst are not in the same postal code as some of the biggest blunders in the Premier League,” Ferguson writes in new book Leading, according to the Express. “Such as the £50 million that Chelsea impulsively paid for Fernando Torres.”
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Torres was a disastrous signing for the Blues, scoring 20 Premier League goals in 110 appearances.
However, the Spain international still managed to leave Stamford Bridge with winners’ medals for the FA Cup, Europa League and the UEFA Champions League.
Torres will be remembered as a Premier League flop
Torres also scored one of the most famous goals in Chelsea’s recent history: that late breakaway goal against Barcelona at the Camp Nou in 2012, which sent the Blues through to their second ever Champions League final.
In all competitions, Torres scored 45 goals in 172 appearances for Chelsea - a poor return for such an extraordinary amount of money.
At his peak, during his first couple of years at Liverpool, the Spaniard was arguably the best centre-forward on the planet. But he will be remembered by the majority of English football fans as one of the biggest flops of the Premier League era, because of that ill-fated move to Chelsea.
But was the signing of Fernando Torres really worse than all of Sir Alex Ferguson’s mistakes in the transfer market? Let us know by leaving a comment in the box below!