Fernando Torres has admitted he dreamed of becoming a goalkeeper as a youngster but was forced to quit by his mum – after knocking out his teeth making a save.
The Spanish striker played in goal until he was ‘seven or eight’ as he followed in his older brother Ismy’s footsteps.
But after injuring himself during a game of five-a-side, Torres was given an ultimatum by his concerned mum.
Long time ago: Fernando Torres started out playing in goal but became a striker after injuring himself making a save
Speaking to Weekend Warm-Up on Sky Sports News, Torres said: ‘I wanted to be like him (Ismy), so I start playing as a goalkeeper, until I break my teeth doing a save. And my mother said “you want to play football, no more as a goalkeeper”.
Torres moved up-front shortly afterwards, attracting the attention of La Liga side Atletico Madrid and earning himself a place in the club’s academy aged 11.
Fast forward 18 years and Torres is now one of the most recognisable strikers in world football, despite his struggles since joining Chelsea from Liverpool for £50 million in January 2011.
When questioned about his lack of goals since swapping Anfield for Stamford Bridge, Torres admits he is disappointed at not hitting the back of the net more regularly.
He said: ‘I am happy with the team and my contribution around work. But not a lot of goals, can be better.
‘I should have scored more goals and I have to look at myself. Everyone has to look at themselves.’
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised Torres and his fellow forwards Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba this season, but the former Atletico man does not believe his British record transfer fee has affected his form in west London.
‘No it’s not going to make any change (somebody breaking the British transfer record). I’m sure someone will break it. Football is getting crazy and there will be big prices, I’m sure,’ said Torres.
‘At the time the price is right. It’s like, if you want to sigh Gareth Bale now, you have to pay £100 million. Maybe you pay one more year, and maybe you pay £60 million or £150 million. Who knows? At the time the price is right. What Chelsea paid, it’s never been something I think about.’
Despite failing to recapture the form he showed in three-and-a-half years on Merseyside, Torres has helped Mourinho’s men to within two points of Premier League leaders Arsenal.
And with Arsene Wenger’s side up next at the Emirates on Monday evening, Torres is well aware of the importance of beating title rivals over the busy Christmas period.
He said: ‘I think they (Christmas fixtures) are important, not if you are top or not. It’s because you go through November and December and you are there.
‘If you are there, or you are close there, other teams are losing points and we are very close. And hopefully after Christmas we can be top.
‘We have that in our hands so that game is to win. There is Liverpool and there is Chelsea.’
Source : Daily mail