It is customary for clubs to honor their respective players who have gone on to shine and enjoy successful stints. These players would then be considered to hold a special place in the club's history, earning them a place in the history books of the club.
When players of such caliber decide to draw the curtain on their career and hang their boots, accolades begin to troop in, and several moves will be made by the club to ensure that it is a well-deserved retirement they enjoy.
Atlético Madrid being one of the clubs in this context has followed this path and shown just how they hold their legend Fernando Torres in high regard. The former Spain international striker is adored by Atlético Madrid fans across the world, after enjoying a hugely successful time at the club.
On the club's official website (atleticodemadrid.com), the club captured the essence of Torres's contributions to the club as they made a tribute to their ex-player. A tribute headlined with six words: "Fernando Torres Atlético de Madrid legend".
Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez was the manager responsible for luring Torres away from his beloved Vincente Calderón in 2007. Torres would go on to become one of the most feared and dangerous strikers in English football. He eventually completed a switch to London club Chelsea where he won the FA Cup, the Champions League, and the Europa League even though he turned out to become a shadow of his prolific self.
Torres eventually left Chelsea and returned to Atlético Madrid, but it was his first stint at the Spanish club which began on the 27th of May 2001 that still comes to the Rojo Blancos fans' minds when they think of him.
El Niño is loved and adored by Atlético fans till today, and the club displayed their love for the player by installing him into their books as one of the club's all-time Greats.