Who is the most impressive player in Japan for Fernando Torres?

  • text by Yoichi Igawa
  • photo by Kenzaburo Matsuoka

Fernando Torres interview■Part 2 >>Part 1

Fernando Torres' classy winner in the Euro 2008 final opened the door to the so-called Spanish golden era. After becoming top scorer at the tournament, he and his national teammates completed the maiden international treble by winning the World Cup in 2010 as well as Euro 2012. Needless to say, he is a genuinely top footballer.
Fernando Torres who is a former professional footballer who played as a striker.Fernando Torres who is a former professional footballer who played as a striker.
During his long elite career, Torres has faced many strong opponents. Among others, he remembers the tough defenders the most.

"In the Premier League, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United, and Chelsea's John Terry were the hardest ones for me," Torres recalled. "I was very lucky to have good opponents throughout my career and it is difficult to choose just one. But if I have to, it was Carles Puyol for Barcelona.

"He was not only a tough defender but also a fair player, so I liked to play against him very much. Defenders like him gave me plenty of motivation and I prepared myself properly every time I faced him. It was also huge pleasing when I managed to score after breaking free of his tight marking."

In the J-League too, there are several defenders who troubled him.

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