Fernando Torres said today that he will always carry Sagan Tosu and his fans in his heart, during a ceremony organized by this Japanese team after the game in which the Spanish striker said goodbye to professional football.
«El Niño» was honored this Friday in the State of Tosu at the end of the J-League match in which the Sagan was defeated by 1 to 6 against the Vissel Kobe of Andrés Iniesta, and with which the former player of Atlético de Madrid ends an 18-year career in the elite.
The Japanese club organized an emotional ceremony on the grass of a crowded stadium, which included the projection of video messages from former Torres teammates such as Steven Gerrard and some of the most important goals of his career, such as the one the striker scored in the final of the 2008 European Championship that gave the title to the Red.
Torres, who arrived in Japan in July 2018 after closing his last stage at Atlético, wanted to send a message of thanks to the Sagan board and his love for "all the trust" placed in him and for "receiving him with open arms »And« help you adapt to Japan ».
He said he had learned "many things" from his classmates and from all Japanese, in particular "respect for all people and everything around us," he said before an audience that displayed numerous messages of gratitude in Spanish and Japanese to the football player from Fuenlabrada.
To correspond to them, the player deposited on each seat of the Tosu Stadium an emotional letter written by hand in Spanish, and translated into Japanese:
«When I was 5 years old I started playing football with my brother. 30 years later I will play my last game as a professional. Today I look back and I can hardly believe everything I've lived. I feel very fortunate to have been able to get the most important trophies in the world and to have played for some of the most prestigious clubs. Also of the successes with the Spanish team. I have experienced feelings of great emotion and happiness.
I wanted to thank football for making me so happy. But I don't want to forget the most authentic part of football, the one that makes this sport so wonderful, the fans. Thanks to each and every one of the fans of the teams in which I played for loving, cheering and respecting me. Also to rival fans because you made me a better player. I hope it made you enjoy my football and inspired you in some way. Never stop chasing your dreams. It has really been a pleasure. Thanks football, thanks hobby ». .