Fernando Torres retires from football, Liverpool, Atletico, Chelsea, Spain

"So I want to put an end to it before that happens".

Torres revealed he will play his last game on August 23 against Vissel Kobe, saying playing against friends Andres Iniesta and David Villa seemed a fitting end.

The 35-year-old former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and AC Milan forward told a news conference that he would bring down the curtain on his career after his Sagan Tosu hosted the Vissel Kobe side of his fellow World Cup winners on August 23. Knowing my body, listening to my body, I think, especially mentally, that the time is not far.

"I have a high demand of myself - I always want to be honest and perform at the level I think I should", said Torres, who scored Spain's winning goal in the 2008 European championships and played a key role in their 2010 World Cup triumph.

Many people have been truly surprised that Fernando Torres has picked Gerrard has his best player given that he played in one of the finest Spanish sides of all.

"I would love to go back to those days - even for one minute", Torres said.

"I feel very proud of everything I've achieved and for all the teams I've played for and the great opponents I've faced". "I have played against some of the best defenders in the world".

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The World Cup victor played with Gerrard for three-and-a-half years during their time together at Liverpool, during which he scored 81 goals in 142 games and helped guide the Reds to second place in the Premier League in 2008/09.

He also won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, also lifting the Europa League and the FA Cup with the London club.

Iconic striker Fernando Torres has paid a gushing tribute to Rangers manager Steven Gerrard after the Spaniard announced his retirement at a press conference in Tokyo.

"Atletico Madrid is my life so probably there will be a way for us to link up somehow in the future, but not immediately", he added.

LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 30: Fernando Torres of Club Atletico de Madrid looks on during the La Liga match between Leganes and Atletico Madrid at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 30, 2017 in Leganes, Spain.

'I don't know if it will be coaching or managing. I will study both things.

"So I just need time to spend with my family and think about the next step".

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