Fernando Torres’ Ultimate XI including former Liverpool and Chelsea teammates

  • Rob Swan

Fernando Torres is, in the eyes of many football fans, one of the best strikers of his generation.

You can split Torres’s career into two parts: before Chelsea and after Chelsea.

He was arguably the world’s most revered No. 9 at his peak with Liverpool in the late-2000s, but his reputation as an elite-level striker took a nosedive following his £50 million move to Stamford Bridge in January 2011.

Although he failed to produce his best form in west London, however, Torres still managed to add three prestigious titles to his collection: the FA Cup, the Europa League and, of course, the Champions League.

Torres, who also enjoyed huge success on the International stage with Spain, then went on to play for AC Milan before returning to Atletico in 2016.

He brought the curtain down on his glittering career in 2019 following one season with Japanese outfit Sagan Tosu and currently works as the manager of Atletico’s Under-19s.

MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 22: Former Atletico de Madrid player Fernando Torres waves the audience as he attends a tribute in honor of his former teammate Gabi Fernandez after the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and RCD Espanyol at Wanda Metropolitano on December 22, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Torres played with so many incredible players over the course of his career, but who would make it into his Ultimate XI?

The former Spain international revealed all to Liverpool’s official YouTube channel in 2020.

Fernando Torres’s Ultimate XI

Let’s take a closer look at his team:

Jan Oblak

“I played with him for three-and-a-half years at Atletico and he’s an amazing goalkeeper. It’s difficult to pick one goalkeeper but I will pick Jan Oblak.”

LYON, FRANCE – MAY 15: Fernando Torres of Atletico Madrid shoots past Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid during a Club Atletico de Madrid training session ahead of the the UEFA Europa League Final against Olympique de Marseille at Stade de Lyon on May 15, 2018 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Carles Puyol

“A key player and amazing defender.”

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA – JUNE 13: Fernando Torres (R) of Spain chats with his teammate Carles Puyol during a training session at the Stadium Tivoli Neu on June 13, 2008 in Innsbruck, Austria. Spain plays in Group D with Greece, Spain and Sweden and will be playing Sweden in a Euro2008 group stage match on June 14, 2008 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Diego Godin

“Another amazing defender.”

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 22: Diego Godin of Club Atletico de Madrid and Fernando Torres of Chelsea battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 22, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

John Terry

“I’ll pick John Terry, so three solid centre-backs. Godin, Puyol and Terry are very good with the ball and they are strong defenders, so we can defend with three all the time.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 29: Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates with John Terry as he scores their fifth goal and completes his hat trick during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on April 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Javier Mascherano

“A player all teams need. Hard work, good with the ball, a player I loved playing alongside at Liverpool.”

MARSEILLE, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 15: Fernando Torres (right) and Javier Mascherano (left) talk during the Liverpool training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Marseille and Liverpool at the Stade Velodrome on September 15, 2008 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Xabi Alonso

“Next to Mascherano will be Xabi Alonso – the perfect partner for him, as you can see during our time at Liverpool. Mascherano and Alonso are the perfect combination and will need Alonso’s quality on the ball to play.”

LA CORUNA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 05: Xavi Alonso (L) and Fernando Torres of Spain line-up before the Group 5 FIFA2010 World Cup Qualifier match between Spain and Belgium at the Riazor stadium on September 5, 2009 in La Coruna, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard

“In the advanced midfield position is Steven Gerrard. This is my icon player. I need Steven in the team. Any system, any team, a key player for me and obviously the most important player in that role as a No. 10. The best player I’ve played with. He’s the player that completed my game. There’s a before and after since I started playing with him, so icon player, captain of that team and I would be so happy to play with him again.”

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 08: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates with Fernando Torres after scoring the third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on March 8, 2008 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Andres Iniesta

“Probably one of the best Spanish players ever. Amazing with the ball and an intelligent player. Obviously Iniesta has to be in the best team I played with.”

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – JUNE 29: Fernando Torres (R) of Spain celebrates the opening goal with Andres Iniesta of Spain during the UEFA EURO 2008 Final match between Germany and Spain at Ernst Happel Stadion on June 29, 2008 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


“On the other hand you have Xavi Hernandez. Again, along with Iniesta, probably the two best Spanish players ever. Amazing memories together – one World Cup and two Euros. Many games together and every important goal that I scored with Spain, he was the player who gave me the assist.”

SEVILLE, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 11: (L-R) Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Fernando Torres, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta of Spain line up prior to the International Friendly between Spain and England at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on February 11, 2009 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

David Villa

“The all-time Spanish record goalscorer. Great memories together, we won many trophies with Spain and played many games together. We need his qualities and goals for the team.”

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 21: David Villa of Spain celebrates with team mate Fernando Torres during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group H match between Spain and Honduras at Ellis Park Stadium on June 21, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

Fernando Torres

“The last striker I’d pick is myself because I’m sure that I would have many assists and score many goals [with these players]. It’s my Ultimate XI.”

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 10: Fernando Torres of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of Sixteen, Second Leg match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield on March 10, 2009 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

And here’s Torres’s Ultimate XI in full:


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