It took Fernando Torres only 50 seconds to open the scoring in Atletico Madrid's Copa del Rey clash at Real Madrid.
Fernando Torres silenced a raucous Bernabeu crowd within the opening minute of Atletico Madrid’s Copa del Rey round-of-16 second-leg at Real Madrid on Thursday night, netting his first goal since returning to his childhood club.
Torres, 30, returned to Atletico on loan from AC Milan earlier this month, having been sold to the Italian giants from Chelsea on a permanent deal in order to make a move for fellow front man Aessio Cerci possible.
Still considered a club legend from his first prolific spell, he was given a hero’s welcome at his unveiling in front of a crowd of around 40,000, before going on to make his second home debut in the first-leg of the cup tie against Real.
While he failed to get on the scoresheet in the 2-0 win, and made just a 22-minute cameo in the following 3-1 La Liga defeat at Barcelona, it was a dream start to his third appearance, as the rampaging Antoine Greizmann produced a cross for the Spanish striker to blast first time.
It was no doubt a special moment for the former Premier League star, and one made all the more special due to the fact that it came against their fierce rivals.
A lifelong Atletico supporter, Torres progressed through the ranks at the Vicente Calderon to be named captain at 19 of a side which featured current manager Diego Simeone, scoring 82 goals in 214 total appearances between 2001 and 2007 before sealing a £25 million switch to Liverpool.
He might not produce similar numbers this time around but, if he gives fans a few more moments like the one above, then his hero status should be further solidified.