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Fernando Torres signed for Chelsea in the January 2011 transfer window for a new British record transfer fee. He made his debut for the Blues against his former team, Liverpool, but his arrival at Stamford Bridge seemed to coincide with a personal goal drought and it was not until towards the end of April that he scored his first goal for his new club. Widely recognised as one of the most talented strikers in the game, Fernando developed in the youth set-up at Atletico Madrid, progressing to the first team where he gained a reputation as a regular goalscorer in La Liga. He made an immediate impact on joining Liverpool, finishing the 2007-08 season as the club?s leading scorer with a total of 33 goals in all competitions. He continued to find the net at a prolific rate over the next two-and-a-half seasons. His injury-time winner against Aston Villa in December 2009 meant that he became the quickest Liverpool player to achieve 50 goals for the club. Fernando is much more than a goalscorer. Blessed with pace, control and the ability to think quickly in the box, he is a great all-round striker. His personal honours include being selected for the PFA Premier League team of the year for both 2007-08 and 2008-09, and the FIFPro, World XI for 2008 and 2009. Fernando won his first cap for Spain in September 2003 and has now played more than 80 games. The highlight was undoubtedly coming on in extra time to help his country defeat Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final. © 2011 - PFA Player Profiles
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