Better record than United and Chelsea strikers - The revealing stat behind Torres' Atleti return

Fernando Torres

As Fernando Torres completes his return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid, we look at the stats behind his first spell with the La Liga outfit.

Spanish international striker Fernando Torres has agreed to return to Atletico Madrid on loan from AC Milan until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Chelsea have formalised the striker's switch to Milan, who then confirmed that he will join the La Liga outfit on loan until 2016; when his contract at Stamford Bridge was due to expire. This is all part of Milan's plan to land Atletico's Alessio Cerci, who will now head in the other direction.

Torres enjoyed some of the best days of his career while playing for the Madrid outfit, as the following statistic suggests:

Incredibly, the 30-year-old is the top league scorer for Atlético de Madrid in this century, having scored 75 times in 174 appearances.

This means he has netted more league goals for the La Liga outfit than now-Chelsea forward Diego Costa, as well as Manchester United's Radamel Falcao and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero; all of whom are considered among the Premier League's best strikers.

Torres became an idol of Anfield, scoring 54 goals in his first three league seasons, and finished third in the Ballon d’Or, but he returns to Atletico having scored just once in 10 games at Milan, while last season he managed just five league goals for Chelsea. 

Admirers of the World Cup-winning centre-forward will be hoping he can re-establish his excellent early career form upon his return to La Liga. After all, if anyone is capable of returning to striker to former glory, it is Atletico's fiery head coach, and former-teammate, Diego Simeone.

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