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Fernando Torres factfile

1984: March 20 - born in Madrid.

1995: Plays first youth match for Atletico Madrid.

1999: Signs first professional contract with Atletico.

2001: Becomes Atletico's youngest player with first-team debut against Leganes and is the top goalscorer as Spain win the Under-16 European Championship.

2002: Scores in the final and finishes top goalscorer as Spain win the Under-19 European Championship.

2003: Makes senior debut for Spain against Portugal.

2004: Features for Spain at Euro 2004:

2006: Scores three goals in World Cup finals in Germany.

2007: July 4 - Arrives in Liverpool and signs a six-year contract after completing a £20million transfer.

August 19 - Scores first goal for Reds in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Anfield.

2008: March 3 - Fires a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over West Ham - his third treble in his debut season with Liverpool.

April 30 - His equaliser takes Champions League semi-final against Chelsea to extra-time at Stamford Bridge, but the Blues prevail in the additional period.

May - Ends first season with 33 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for the Reds.

June 29 - Scores the only goal as Spain beat Germany 1-0 in Vienna to be crowned champions of Europe.

November - Confirms he would like to return to Atletico one day to "finish some things that are left to do".

December - Short-listed for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, which is won by then Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

2009: May - Torres fires 17 goals in 38 appearances for Liverpool, who finish second in the Premier League behind Manchester United. His tally comes despite being affected on no less than three occasions by hamstring problems.

August 14 - Liverpool confirm Torres has signed a contract extension until 2013, with an option for a further year.

December 9 - Groin problem sidelines him for over a month before he returns in a home Champions League defeat to Fiorentina.

December 22 - Admits Liverpool "don't have money to bring in the best players".

2010: February 21 - Returns as a substitute against Manchester City after a lay-off following a knee operation.

March 13 - Torres admits in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS that he will have to consider his Liverpool future if the club fail to make significant signings in the summer.

April 11 - Forced to see a specialist over continued problems with a knee injury.

April 18 - Ruled out for the rest of the season after it was confirmed he would require further knee surgery. His club statistics for the season are still impressive, with 22 goals in 32 games, including 18 in 22 league appearances.

July 11 - Collects a World Cup winner's medal with Spain after their 1-0 victory over Holland, but after fighting hard to claim a place in the squad he pulls up with an adductor problem in the final in Johannesburg, having come on as an 89th-minute substitute.

August 3 - Commits his future to Liverpool after speculation he would look to move on.

He said: "My commitment and loyalty to the club and to the fans is the same as it was on my first day when I signed. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead."

2011: January 28 - Liverpool confirm they have rejected a bid for Torres from Chelsea.

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