Atletico Madrid unveiled Fernando Torres at the Vicente Calderon

3 years ago by in Lifestyle, Sports

Atletico Madrid signing Fernando Torres was paraded in front of a bumper crowd at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday as fans welcomed their prodigal son home.

The striker, 30, has been brought in by the La Liga champions on an initial six-month loan deal after unsuccessful spells with Chelsea and AC Milan.

And despite scoring once in 14 games in Italy, over 40,000 supporters were delighted to catch a glimpse of the Spaniard who returns to Atletico after more than seven years away from his boyhood club.

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Torres, who will wear the No 19 shirt in Madrid, was clearly emotional as he addressed the media and fans.

‘How nice it is to return home. I have been waiting a long time for this moment – finally it’s here,’ he said. ‘For me its a special day.

‘One day you need to explain to me what I did that you treat me like this.

Torres scored 65 goals in 102 Premier League games while with Liverpool, but his stock rapidly decreased after a £50m switch to Chelsea where he failed to live up to expectations.

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