Updated in December 2015
- Born: March 20th 1984
Fernando Torres was born in Fuenlabrada, Community of Madrid.
- Joined Atletico Madrid: 1995
- First professional contract: 1999
Torres signed his first professional contract with Atletico Madrid when he was 15-years-old.
European Under-16 Football Championship, May 6th 2001
Torres was the highest scorer in the competition and scored the only goal in the final in Spain’s 1-0 win over France. He was named Player of the Tournament.
European Under-19 Football Championship, July 28th 2002
Torres was the competition’s highest scorer and scored the only goal in the final in Spain’s 1-0 win over Germany. He was named Player of the Tournament.
Demetrio Albertini, former AC Milan midfielder, October 11th 2002
“The best clubs of Europe are following him, but I believe Torres is attracted to the idea of moving to Milan. We have spoken and he has asked me for information on the team. He has a great self-confidence, rare for someone his age. He’s very strong and very fast and doesn’t seem to be an 18 year-old.”
Fernando Torres, December 6th 2002
On Barcelona interest: “Atletico don’t want to sell me, and I don’t want to leave. It’s an honour to have big teams interested in you, but I have a contract here and I want to see it out and stay long after it finishes. I don’t pay much attention to the reported offers because they rarely come about.”
On reported bid from Manchester United: “Last week they were talking about Milan, today it’s Manchester and still I know nothing,” said the striker. The president has already said that he would go himself before selling me. I am a point of reference for the fans because I came through the youth ranks and I want to stay here.”
Transfer bid, May 9th 2003
Juventus offered £10m plus Marcelo Zalayeta which was turned down.
14 goals in 31 games