Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres trusts today’s Champions League final match against Real Madrid is the “most significant” game of his life. The 32-year-old Spaniard won the competition with Chelsea in 2012 and has also won the European Championships and World Cup with Spain national team. However, since starting his career in 2001 and coming back last year, Torres has never won a major title with Atletico. “This is distinctive, this is uncommon,” said Torres. “It’s what I desired when I was a child, more than I envisioned.”
“With no uncertainty it is the most significant, exceptional and stunning game of my life,” added Torres, whose loan deal with Atletico and contract at current club AC Milan terminate at the end of the season. “Anything I can do for the club that allowed me to begin my profession, the team I was an enthusiast of since I was five years of age, is diverse to whatever else I have won,” he said.
Torres, who left Atletico Madrid for Liverpool in 2007, missed the Vicente Calderon team’s period of achievement from 2010 to 2014 where the club won two Europa League titles, the Spanish Cup and the La Liga title in 2014. He has scored 12 goals for Diego Simeone’s team this term as they finished third in La Liga points table and reserved a place in the Champions League final which is a repeat of the 2014 final.
Before Real Madrid’s 4-1 extra-time victory in Lisbon in 2014 the Spanish giants were worried about Cristiano Ronaldo’s fitness when their opponents lost talisman Diego Costa after just nine minutes of the match. There have been questions on the fitness of Ronaldo again this time around however he has proclaimed himself fit as he pursues a third Champions League title. “Cristiano always plays in the important matches,” he said. “I’ll be at 100%. On Saturday, I’ll be in well form than I was in Lisbon.”