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Ex-Liverpool & Chelsea striker Fernando Torres hangs up the boots

Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has hang up his playing boots.

The 35-year-old 2010 World Cup, who is currently at Sagan Tosu in Japan’s J1 League has called an end to his 18-year playing career.

The Spanish hero made 110 appearances for his country and scored the winner in Euro 2008 before being on target four years later in the final of Euro 2012 as Spain stumped their dominance on European football.

“After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career,” he said on social media.

The former Atletico Madrid also said he will hold a press conference in Tokyo on Sunday to “explain all the details”.

His soccer career started at Atletico, where he left in a £20m move to Liverpool in 2007.

At Anfield, he scored 81 goals in 142 games before his then record January transfer move to Chelsea in 2011 for a whopping £50m.

Torres had a four-month loan spell at AC Milan before returning to Atletico Madrid.

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