Date: 27th December 2015 at 12:52am
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Name: Fernando Torres
Transfer: Liverpool to Chelsea
Fee: £51.5 million

07/03/2011 - Barclays Premier League - Blackpool vs. Chelsea - Fernando Torres of Chelsea looks dejected - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

So much was expected of Torres when he signed for Chelsea from Liverpool

Then: Fernando Torres was regarded as the best forward in world football. In just over 100 league games for Liverpool, he had scored 65 Premier League goals. The elite were circling like vultures. Chelsea were more desperate to land a striker than anyone else. Their ageing forward line needed a revamp. On the last day of the window, the Blues upped their previously rejected £40 million bid by £10 million and, subsequently, snared their man. The £51.5 million move made Torres the most expensive British transfer ever and the sixth most expensive player in the world. However, in his first few months with the club, he only managed one solitary goal.

Now: Torres is back on loan at his boyhood club, Atletico Madrid, from AC Milan. He has had both a remarkable and peculiar career at the same time. While he has won almost ever trophy possible in world football, the Spaniard has never managed to recapture the form of his first Atletico and Liverpool days. His Chelsea spell, in particular, was plagued by poor form and injury. Yet, he scored in the Europa League final and, perhaps more importantly, scored the crucial winner against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final. After four years with the club, Torres, now 31, moved onto pastures new with AC Milan. Again though, he struggled to score consistently and was soon shipped off back to Atletico.

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