Spain's Fernando Torres announces retirement

Spain’s World Cup winning striker Fernando Torres announced his retirement from football on Friday.

The 35-year-old footballer took to Twitter to announce his retirement, “I have something very important to announce. After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career,” Torres, 35, wrote on Twitter.

“Next Sunday, the 23rd at 10:00AM, local time in Japan, I will have a press conference in Tokyo to explain all the details. See you there,” he added.

Torres played for Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea forward, he left Atletico last summer to play in Japan side Sagan Tosu after returning to his boyhood club in 2015.

The former striker played 334 times in total for Atletico, scoring 111 goals. He enjoyed his most prolific spell at Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, netting 81 goals in 142 games across all competitions.

Torres was a key member of Spain’s 2010 World Cup-winning squad.