Fernando Torres held four of world football's biggest trophies for ten days in 2013

Chelsea's Spanish forward Fernando Torre

If you don't love Fernando Torres, can you really call yourself a football fan?

The Spanish striker is undoubtedly one of the most adored players in the world, despite never really reaching the heights expected of him and switching between top European clubs.

However, his unassuming manner and cult following from his early days at Liverpool has always made him something of a favourite, even if his career is coming towards a quiet ending.

Torres waved goodbye to his beloved Atletico Madrid after falling out favour in 2018 and has been plying his trade in Japanese football ever since.

In truth, the Spaniard has continued to struggle since signing for Sagan Tosu and his record of just four goals in 25 appearances isn't anything to write home about.

Torres' renaissance in 2012-13

Yet that doesn't stop football fans from remembering the good old days and it goes without saying that Torres still had his moments after that crushing knee injury in 2010.

In fact, the 2012-13 season can probably be considered his final hurrah and it was the one season where he really showed his quality in a Chelsea shirt.

Admittedly, the majority of his strikes came in the Europa League, but a tally of 22 goals showed hints of the Torres that was once considered the world's best forward.


Torres' special quadruple

One of his last goals that season came in the Europa League final itself, rounding the Benfica goalkeeper to open the scoring on a successful evening for the Blues.

It gave the west London club the unlikely distinction of holding both of Europe's top trophies simultaneously, having collected the Champions League crown in the previous campaign.

However, if you think that's remarkable, the situation was even more incredible for Torres who also held the World Cup and European Championship trophies simultaneously.

As a result, for a ten-day period during 2013, Torres held four of the biggest accolades in world football.

It was only when Bayern Munich exercised the demons of 2012 - winning the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund - that Torres lost his grip on the silverware quartet.

Juan Mata actually came pretty close to achieving the same record, but wasn't included in Spain's World Cup squad for the trip to South Africa.

Spain's striker Fernando Torres kisses t

So, it's fair to say that Torres still enjoyed plenty of success after that fateful knee injury, even if his own individual performances were never quite the same.

Yet for all his struggles near the backend of his career, the Spaniard certainly has plenty of stories to tell the grandkids and no shortage of medals to populate his mantelpiece.

Even if he lost all of that, though, he would always have the backing of football fans.

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