Fernando Torres names Liverpool and Chelsea stars in 'Ultimate XI' of teammates

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Fernando Torres celebrated his 36th birthday earlier this week.

It was the first time that the footballing world had payed homage to 'El Nino' since he decided to retire from the beautiful game after two seasons in Japan with Sagan Tosu.

And while the people of Japan welcomed him with open arms during the twilight years of his career, it was Torres' time in England and Spain for which he'll be remembered the fondest.

Torres was arguably the world's best number nine when he moved to Liverpool in 2007, scoring 81 goals in less than 150 games and becoming both world and European champion with Spain.

He bagged the winning goal in the Euro 2008 final and collected the Golden Boot at Euro 2012, even if his goal-scoring prowess had begun to dry up after making a £50 million move to Chelsea.

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And, of course, either side of his spells in England, Torres won over the hearts of Atletico Madrid fans by helping them to a Champions League final and the 2018 Europa League crown.

It's no surprise then that Torres is one of the most adored figures in world football and his illustrious career saw him star alongside some of the greatest players of his generation.

You don't lift the European Championship, World Cup and Champions League trophies without having some world-class players around you, after all.

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So, it was always going to be fascinating when Torres appeared on LFCTV to breakdown his 'Ultimate XI' of players that he shared a dressing room with for club and country.

And bearing in mind that players like Iker Casillas, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergio Aguero weren't good enough for inclusion, you know the team he picked is spectacular.

Fernando Torres' ultimate XI

You can check out the full video down below and keep scrolling for our breakdown of his picks.

How the teams lines up

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Incredible resumé of players

Sheesh. That team would take some serious beating.

It's fascinating that Torres has picked Jan Oblak over Casillas because, although the Slovenian is now undisputedly the world's best goalkeeper, the two have barely been compared hitherto.

Perhaps it's time we started mentioning Oblak in the same breath that we do Casillas and Manuel Neuer, even if that's simply in terms of raw ability as opposed to career achievements.

A back three of Diego Godin, John Terry and Carles Puyol would be an absolute brick wall, even if we're inclined to think Pique has been jettisoned so Torres could get a spread of his clubs. 

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It's also impossible to argue with a midfield that includes Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso, all of whom featured throughout Spain's romp to World Cup glory in South Africa.

Javier Mascherano seems a little shoehorned into what is technically a 3-3-1-2-1 formation, but we can't deny that we're glad to see Torres' old partner in crime Steven Gerrard getting the nod.

Marry that to another player who was crucial to Spain's dominance in David Villa, as well as a place for Torres himself, and you have a team that would romp to the Champions League title. 

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Would we swap in Pique for Terry, Busquets for Mascherano and Aguero for Villa? Absolutely, but who are we to argue with a player who's been there, done that and got the t-shirt.

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