Fernando Torres is part of an elite group of players to have broken the 100-cap mark for Spain, and has won everything at international level – except, that is, for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Brazil 2013 offers the perfect opportunity for El Niño to complete his collection, which includes a 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ winner's medal and two UEFA EURO titles, from 2008 and 2012.
Torres, who scored the goal that sealed La Roja's EURO triumph in 2008, struggled to find his way after joining Chelsea in 2010. But now, having won the UEFA Champions League with the Blues in 2012, he finally appears to be rediscovering his touch.
A dip in form earlier this year meant Torres was overlooked by Vicente Del Bosque for Spain’s most recent fixtures. He remains, however, a striker of proven quality with a predatory eye for goal. And nowhere was his influence more evident than at UEFA EURO 2012, where he finished as the tournament's joint-top scorer despite starting most games on the bench.
A technically gifted player, Torres is at his best when using his pace to exploit openings. But he can also hold his own in physical duels, and has an ability to pull centre-backs out of position and allow team-mates to attack from midfield.
Torres began his club career with Atletico Madrid, where he is still revered, before taking the English Premier League by storm at Liverpool from 2007-2011. His performances in Europe this season, meanwhile, were pivotal in Chelsea claiming the UEFA Europa League title.