Following the announcement of the retirement of Fernando Torres this year, the goal in the UEFA EURO 2008 final which brought Spain back as Champions of Europe and engrained a historical moment that will never be forgotten. How would things have gone without that goal scored in Vienna on June 29, 2008? The goal that gave the European Cup to the Spanish and opened up the winning cycle of a team that changed the history of football. Before that day, Spain had won only one European Cup, way back in 1964.
Before the Euro 2008 final, Spanish football seemed condemned to eternal oblivion. Spain attracted the interest of football fans, merchandise and even bookmakers, from around the world. With an increase in sports bets, and even those testing a Bet365 casino bonus code, bookmakers like Bet365 reaped the benefits, but no one could imagine that the Spanish team would go on to win everything for the next four years, adding a World Cup (2010) and another Euro Cup in 2012.
With the announcement of his retirement, it’s time to dwell upon this legend. Without that goal scored by Fernando Torres in the 33rd minute, of the first half, in the final against Germany, perhaps things would have gone differently. Perhaps the magic cycle of Spain would never have started. Because winning helps to win, and breaking a curse makes you feel invincible. And in the following four years, from Vienna to Johannesburg and then to Kiev, Spain were truly invincible. Fernando Torres was 24 at the time, he played at Liverpool, and it was perhaps the most exciting moment of his career. He arrived at the European Championships after a 33-goal season blessed by the title of the best player in the Premier League. Perhaps it was destined for him to score the goal that forever changed the history of football in Spain.
The Youngest in the History of Atletico Madrid
He made his debut at the age of 16 and was captain at 19. An idol of many kids in that era, he was a true force of nature until he was 27 years old. Transferred to Liverpool at 23 years for the astronomical figure of 27 million euros, with the Reds came to his great international achievements. With 33 goals for Liverpool in the first year, thus beating the previous record of goals in a season with Liverpool, which belonged to Michael Owen with 28 goals. This was including 23 in the league, also beating the record of goals in the first season of the Premier League for a foreigner, belonging to the Dutch’ goal machine’ of Manchester United Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Torres was the Strongest and Most Sought-After Player on the Planet
Until he was seriously injured… Fernando was no longer able to express himself at the levels he was used to. “The early years in Liverpool were fantastic, a force of nature. He had a nastiness that I had never seen before; he was a concentrate of everything… He was marking in every way, and when he started progressively, you had to throw him down. And how much strength, in those legs… Then, unfortunately, that damn accident came, and from that day on it was no longer him “, close friend and captain of Liverpool, Steven Gerrard.
But despite the ups and downs in his career, he scored 310 goals, and he is one of the very few elected to have won the European Cup and World Cup with the Spanish national team, the Champions League and the Europa League with Chelsea. Last year he also finally managed to win a trophy with his all-time love – Atletico Madrid. It would have been very sad not to see him raise a cup with his favourite team, after winning everything with Chelsea and Spain. He came back two and a half years ago with the hope of finally raising a trophy. He had failed to do so in the Champions League final. But finally, last May the dream of a lifetime came true with the Europa League deservedly brought home. Torres said “in his class out of 25 children, 24 supported Real Madrid. Then there was me cheering on Atletico”.