Fernando Torres bid farewell to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid by scoring twice in the team’s 2-2 draw against Eibar in the final round of La Liga on Sunday.
A few days after lifting his first trophy with the club in the Europa League, the veteran striker got to celebrate his final two goals.
34-year-old Torres scored into an open net after a breakaway just before half-time, then skipped past two defenders before sending the ball beyond the goalkeeper in the 60th minute.
Fans wildly celebrated both goals at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the last La Liga encounter of the 2017-18 campaign.
Torres slid on his knees toward the crowd on the sidelines and kissed the team’s badge after the first goal.
He jumped over the advertisement boards and ran toward the stands to embrace fans after the second.
Torres was denied a dream ending when an offside flag saw another effort ruled out and the striker finished his career for his boyhood club with 128 goals in 404 matches over two spells.
Torres was made captain for Sunday’s game and received a fitting send-off from his beloved club.
There was a ceremony in Torres’ honour after the match, when he gave an emotional speech before going on a victory lap along with his relatives and teammates.
‘I have to thank my grandpa, who gave me the greatest gift anyone can give a kid, which was to make me an Atletico fan,’ Torres said, crying profusely. ‘It was an honour to be able to wear this jersey.’
The Atletico players wore special commemorative patches on their shirts in honour of Torres, who initially joined the club in 1995 at youth level.
The captain for the day walked onto the pitch before kick-off with his three children, Leo, Elsa and Nora, while the Atletico supporters proudly held up a banner in tribute to him, which read: ‘From child to legend’.
And following the final whistle, Torres received a guard of honour from the Atletico squad before receiving a framed signed shirt from the club for his brilliant services.