Fernando Torres: I've had more career highlights at Chelsea than Liverpool

Fernando Torres has chosen nine career highlights, and says two have come at Chelsea with Liverpool accounting for just one.

Fernando Torres celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday, during a week in which rumours are growing stronger about a return to La Liga.

It's hard to imagine he has a future at Chelsea next season after a succession of drab performances - the worst of which came against Aston Villa at the weekend when he missed the target with all five shots.

Over in Spain he is still revered as a national hero who has played a role in three major tournament triumphs. Talk of a return to Atletico Madrid where he began his career was not exactly calmed by the striker, who admitted in an interview with newspaper AS he would be open to a return.

The second of the two-part interview conducted by AS focused on his career achievements, of which there have been many, and the striker was asked to choose nine career highlights.

He listed three as coming during his quite unheralded, individually at least, tenure at Chelsea, and one at Liverpool.

The sole Liverpool achievement - he describes simply as 'conquering Anfield'.

In describing the move he attempted to make out that leaving Atletico Madrid was a noble decision to help them financially, as well as admitting it was for himself on a personal level too.

He said: "Rafa Benítez, who was the person who convinced me. It was about taking a gamble and investing in a future that could be better both for Atlético and me. And it was a gamble that paid off.”

Torres failed to win the Premier League title with Liverpool but came desperately close in 2008/09, and from a footballing point of view - it was these years where he was at his peak.

Not since leaving for Chelsea for a Premier League record £50 million transfer, has he looked like becoming the same goalscorer.

Despite the way he has failed to gain much individual recognition; he picked out two moments at Chelsea in his nine career highs.

Firstly was the goal in the Nou Camp in the Champions League semi-final to seal Chelsea's path to the final in Munich, and then going onto lift the trophy.

He said: "When [Andrés] Iniesta scored to make it 2-0 and with [John] Terry sent off, you think it’s all over. The most likely outcome was for Barça to score five, but that’s when everyone saw the reaction of a team that wanted to win the trophy and got through the tie to make the final. And we won it.”

The second career high he describes at Chelsea is the Europa League trophy win, achieved last season under old boss Rafa Benitez:

"He (Benitez) wanted the team to compete and he convinced us to go out and win the Europa League, the second most important competition in Europe. It was the second European trophy in two years, and I scored in the final. It was a good year."

Torres described his other career highlights as coming with the Spanish national team, the World Cup, the two European Championships, and even - a bit of individual success - finishing top scorer at last season's Confederations Cup.

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