Fernando Torres has shared a dressing room with some of the biggest names in world football over the years – but which former team-mates make it into his ultimate starting XI?
After bursting onto the scene at Atletico Madrid, the Spaniard joined Liverpool in 2007, where he would produce a career-best return of 81 goals in 142 games before completing a shock £50m move to Chelsea.
It’s fair to say his time at Stamford Bridge didn’t go exactly to plan, however, with just 45 goals in 172 appearances to show for his then-club-record switch.
Following a brief stint on loan at AC Milan, Torres subsequently returned to Atletico in 2014, where he would stay for another four years before moving to current side Sagan Tosu of the Chinese Super League.
He enjoyed Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League successes at Chelsea, as well as another Europa League triumph in his second stint at Atletico.
Torres is also one of the most decorated Spain internationals ever, having proved a crucial member in the side that won two European Championships and the World Cup from 2008-12.
And in an interview with Liverpool’s official media channel LFC TV, he has put together an ultimate XI made up of his old team-mates.
Torres picked current Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak in between the sticks, before opting for a back three consisting of Barcelona legend Carles Puyol, Atletico defender Diego Godin and former Chelsea captain John Terry.
While having plenty of stellar names to choose from in midfield, he decided to flood it with three ex-Liverpool men.
“Midfield, I will pick Javier Mascherano as a holding midfielder,” he said.
“A player who all the teams need; hard work, good with the ball – a player that I loved to play alongside at Liverpool.
“And next to him will be Xabi Alonso, the perfect partner for him you could see in our time here altogether.
“Mascherano and Alonso are the perfect combination and we need Alonso’s quality with the ball to play.
“In the more advanced position is Steven Gerrard, this is my icon player. I need Steven in the team, any system, any team, a key player for me and obviously the most important player in that role as a No.10, a little bit in front of Mascherano and Alonso.
“[He’s] the best player I played with, I’ve said that many times. He is the player that completed my game. There is a ‘before and after’ since I started playing with him. So an icon player, captain of that team and I will be so happy to be able to play with him again.
Torres then added three Spain icons to his side; adding Xavi and Andres Iniesta to form a stunning five-man midfield, before deploying David Villa alongside himself upfront.