A legendary scoring talent for Liverpool, Fernando Torres has undergone an unpredictable few years in the sport after a Premier League record transfer to Chelsea. However, Torres famously helped Spain to victory in the UEFA Euro 2008 final when he scored the winner in a man of the match performance and won the Golden Boot when Spain retained the trophy four years later. Torres has the pedigree to be considered for the 2014 World Cup tournament top scorer as well as goals corer markets on all of Spain’s matches.
Torres took his interest in football to his first team, Parque 84, at the mere age of five, initially playing as a goalkeeper before changing to his current striker role, scoring 55 goals in a season with local club Mario's Holland to be singled out as one of three Rayo 13 players to earn a trial with Atletico Madrid at the age of 11.
Claiming a maiden youth title in 1998, Torres starred with Atletico reached Spain's top La Liga level in 2002-03. Torres remained at the squad until 2007, netting 91 goals from 243 appearances before a deal in 2007 was made to bring Torres from the Spanish club to the English Premier League to play for Liverpool.
Torres immediately made himself a star at Anfield, ironically scoring his first league goal in a 1-1 draw against future team Chelsea, taking his first hat-trick as early as September 2007 against Reading. Two further hat-tricks came in consecutive home games, Torres becoming the first Liverpool player since Jack Balmer in November 1946 to score a hat-trick in successive home matches. Although Torres did not share any silverware with Liverpool during his four years at the club, he scored 81 goals during 142 appearances and made himself a hero at Anfield.
Chelsea forked out a Premier League record transfer fee of £50 million to bring the Spaniard to Stamford Bridge on 7 January 2011. Torres made his league debut against Liverpool ironically, but could not find the net until a 3-1 win against West Ham on 23 April, ending a run of 903 minutes of football without a goal.
Torres scored 34 goals from 78 starts at the club prior to the 2013-14 season, a string of knee and hamstring injuries pointed at when describing Torres’ drop in form. The current season showed a return to form despite fighting for a starting spot under Jose Mourinho, netting an eighth goal on his 200th Premier League appearance.
In 106 appearances for the Spanish national squad, Torres has scored 36 goals and taken part in the previous two World Cups, scoring the joint-highest number of Spanish goals in 2006 with three after being their top scorer in qualification. Torres netted three goals on his World Cup for Spain in 2006 during just four appearances, four years later making seven matches in a goalless 2010 World Cup campaign in which his team were triumphant.
Torres came on as a substitute against Italy in the UEFA Euro 2012 final, scoring one goal and assisting another as Spain were champions. He did not feature much in qualifying stages for the 2014 World Cup however, making three appearances without a goal.
Fernando Torres World Cup Betting Tips
His slump in form since the move to Chelsea means Torres’ betting odds are bigger than expected for a player with his pedigree. It shouldn’t be overlooked that his international strike rate continues to be up there with the best and he made tournament history at the Confederations Cup last summer when becoming the first player to score four goals in one game.