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Watch: Fernando Torres Bids Farewell To Atletico With Two Goals

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 20: Fernando Torres of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Eibar at Wanda Metropolitano on May 20, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

After eleven seasons at Atletico Madrid across the 21st century, Fernando Torres has finally left for good.

The World Cup winner made his name at the Wanda Metropolitano, joining Atleti in 2000 and scoring 91 goals before a big-money move to Liverpool in 2007.

After eight seasons in England, during which he won the Champions League with Chelsea, the Spaniard returned to his boyhood club in 2014, making a loan spell permanent two years thereafter.

Torres made a brief appearance in Atletico’s Europa League win in midweek, and today, he returned to the Wanda for the final time in Atleti’s colours.

And what a send-off it was.

The hosts fell behind to a Kike goal after 35 minutes, but before the half-time break, Torres, at the age of 34, still showcased his unmistakable pace, keeping up with Angel Correa to knock in the pass.

‘El Nino’ then put them ahead on the hour mark, again making an excellent run to beat two defenders and the goalie for his 129th goal in 404 appearances for Atletico.

Diego Simeone’s side couldn’t quite send Torres on his way with a win, but having scored a brace in front of a loving home support, Torres wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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