Several big name players have moved to Japan in recent times to continue their club career and Fernando Torres was one of those big name players. He is one of many popular Spanish players who have played in the Japanese top flight in the last five years. Apart from Torres, other Spanish international stars like David Villa and Andres Iniesta also moved to Japan.

Popular non-Spanish players like Belgian international Thomas Vermaelen and German international Lukas Podolski have also played in the Japanese league in the last few years.

Fernando Torres signed for Sagan Tosu in the Japanese top flight in 2018 and he went on to score hisfirst goal in the Emperor’s Cup. He found the back of net in the fourth round win over. Vissel Kobe. Torres scored his first goal in the league against Gamba Osaka. The retired Spanish national team player scored one and assisted the other twogoals in the 3-0 victory over Gamba Osaka. The Spaniard was involved in all the three goals against Gamba Osaka. His goals in the Emperor’s Cup and the league happened five days apart.

Fernando Torres announced that he would retire from football in June 2019 and his last game as a professional footballer came in the colours of Sagan Tosu though it ended in a 6-1 loss to Vissel Kobe who had his former national team colleagues Andres Iniesta and David Villa in their team.

Since his retirement from football, Torres has worked as a coach at boyhood club Atletico Madrid and the Spaniard hinted recently that he could return to the football pitch via his Instagram handle. According to the former Chelsea, AC Milan and Liverpool striker, football is the life he knows and that he could be back on the pitch. He has been linked with several teams in Spain and outside Spain since the post.

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