Ex-Liverpool & Chelsea striker, Fernando Torres retires from football at 35 after glittering 18-year career 

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TRACKING>>Former Liverpool/Chelsea/Atletico Madrid striker, Fernando Torres has announced his retirement from football after a glittering 18-year career.

The 35-year-old Spaniard who last played in Japan for Sagan Tosuafter leaving Atletico Madrid last year made the announcement on Twitter this morning.

Torres, a World Cup winner with Spain in 2010 won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea.

Torres shared the news on Twitter: ‘I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.’

Torres who moved to Liverpool in July 2007 and scored 81 goals in 142 games for the Reds. He later made a £50million deadline-day switch to Chelsea in January 2011 and sent the Blues to the Champions League final with Bayern Munich, which they won.

He also enjoyed loan spell at AC Milan from Chelsea and then returned to Atletico in January 2015 before he made his move to Japan last July.