Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, Fernando Torres, announced his retirement after a 18-year-long football career.
"I’ve always wanted to be honest and to perform at the level I think I should,” Torres said in a press conference that explains his decision.
"And I think the time I will not be able to perform at the level I ask for myself is not far away and I don’t want to arrive at the time that I am going on the pitch and I’m not enjoying it. I want to put an end before that happens. Knowing my body and listening to my body, I think especially mentally that time is not far away and I want to finish my career in a good way before that happens,” the 35-year-old Spaniard said, admitting that his play level has dropped.
"To say goodbye to football next to my dear friend Iniesta is something I could never imagine, and Japan is going to make it possible. Also there will be my friend David Villa, with who I probably share the best moments in Spanish football history. So to say goodbye to football next to two very good friends – we share too many memories together – will be something great,” he added.
“I tried to find an iconic moment to play my final game and I think that is the perfect timing. I don’t know if it will be coaching or managing. I will study both things. I’m sure it will be something related to football because it’s been my life and it’s where I think I can offer more things,” he stated.
“I always say the best player I played with is Steven Gerrard. I found he was the player who completed my game. I think my level got into a different dimension when I was on the pitch with him. It was an amazing three-and-a-half years playing alongside Steven. I would love to go back to those days – even for one minute,” Torres said.