Torres salutes African fans
The 25-year-old Liverpool striker scored the fastest hat-trick of his career in Spain's 5-0 defeat of the All Whites on Sunday evening and his name rang loudly around the ground in Rustenburg.
"I would really like to thank all my African fans for the friendly treatment I have received," he said. "It's almost like home.
"It's great to be in a team that is winning fans all over the world, not just in Europe," said Torres. "It is good that we can keep our fans here happy, not just this year, but hopefully at the World Cup next year."
"I've never got a hat-trick so quickly and it was nice to achieve that with the national team," said Torres, who has now scored 22 goals for his country.
"I owe it to my colleagues. I score, but I benefit from the work done behind me."