Fernando Torres has admitted that Saturday’s Champions League final is the most important game of his life.
The Spanish striker has already lifted the prestigious European trophy - with Chelsea, back in 2012 - but winning it with Atletico Madrid, his boyhood club, against their fierce local rivals Real Madrid would be nothing short of a fairytale.
"It means everything, everything you dream of when you are a kid," Torres was quoted as saying by Goal on Friday.
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"I have the chance to make this dream come true. I've played for great teams, but this one is special, it's just what I wanted when I was a kid. I had the chance to come back to the club, they gave me the chance to fight for what I really wanted.
"I fight for a place in the team and to score goals again and to be an important player so tomorrow is the game of my life, without doubt.
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"There's no doubt that this is the most important game I'll play ever. I'm very happy to play with this club, I started when I was five. I had the luck of winning with Chelsea and with the Spanish national team but this is something very special to me."
Video: Torres scores from a Simeone cross
Torres and his Atletico teammates were in training at the San Siro on Friday afternoon and there was a special moment, recorded by UEFA, when Torres scored a superb header from a Diego Simeone cross.
The goal looked extra special in slow-motion and should give Torres some additional confidence heading into the final itself.
Atletico will be happy with their 'underdogs' status
Real Madrid are currently the bookmakers’ favourites - their odds have shortened further with the news Cristiano Ronaldo is 100 per cent fit - but Atletico will relish their status as underdogs.
Having already knocked out Barcelona and Bayern Munich en route to the final, Simeone’s men won’t fear their neighbours this weekend.
And they’ll be hell-bent to exact revenge for that defeat in Lisbon two years ago.
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