Back in January 2011, the Blues paid Liverpool a sum of £50 million to sign the Spain international. He was supposed to take the London outfit to the next level, but his own performances dropped. In the past three-and-a-half years, Torres has scored some important goals for Chelsea, but he has been very disappointing overall.
However, for Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, Torres is a big player and one of the integral members of his team. Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente of Juventus both failed to make La Furia Roja’s final 23-man squad, but the Chelsea striker did, despite scoring just five goals in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season.
Torres has been part of the Spain team for over 10 years, and his importance in the Iberian nation winning the European Championship in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in South Africa four years ago cannot be undermined. He has scored important goals in crucial games, like in the final of Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.
Recently, the 30-year-old former Atletico Madrid striker claimed that along with hosts Brazil, Spain are the favourites to win the tournament. La Roja have a very strong squad and have some of the best midfielders in the world - Torres has every reason to feel confident about his country's chances.
Spain have quality all over the pitch, but it will be very tough in Brazil. No European team have won the World Cup outside their own continent. For Spain to achieve that feat this summer, Torres will have to start scoring goals.