Fernando Torres has said he wants to retire at Atletico Madrid, but is his time at his boyhood club coming to an end at the age of 33? James Walker-Roberts looks at why it might be, and what happens next... One Segunda Division title. Is that all Fernando Torres will have to show for his time at Atletico Madrid? One of the club's greatest-ever players, Torres ranks joint-sixth for all-time appearances and is also their sixth highest goalscorer with 123 goals. He is a product of the Atletico academy, signed his first professional contract at the club aged 15, made his first-team debut aged 17 in May 2001 and scored his first goal a week later. He does, of course, speak the Atletico language - the language of the underdog. "Nobody is inferior to anybody if you give it everything you have," he said last summer, when he also declared his desire to retire at the club where he feels "genuinely happy". But will there be a happy ending? As much as Torres, 33, is loved at Atletico for his history with the club and his past achievements, there is no hiding the fact that he is past his prime. He has scored five goals in 28 appearances in all competitions this season and even loyal Atletico supporters have been unable to hide their frustration at some of his performances. Even Atletico head coach Diego Simeone, as much of a club legend as Torres, now appears to be losing patience. He gave a blunt "no" when asked last week if he would try to keep Torres as hard as he was trying to keep Antoine Griezmann.
Is Fernando Torres done at Atletico Madrid and where next for El Niño?
Sky Sports | Feb 28