Atletico Madrid striker, Fernando Torres has been ranked poorly for his performance in the final of the UEFA Champions games against Real Madrid played over the weekend. The Spain international was inconsolable after the loss of the match played at the San Siro.
Torres was reduced to tears in what seemed a repeat of the 2014 final where Atletico Madrid lost to their rivals despite putting up a strong attempt. Then, the same Diego Simeone led team were up in the game by 1-0 and were also set to lift the Champions League trophy for the first time since 1956. They led till the final minute before a Sergio Ramos header forced the game to extra time. Madrid capitulated on the equalizer and weakness of the Atletico side to defeat them a surprising 4-1.
Over the weekend, Ramos’ first half goal gave Madrid the lead. He became the first defender to score in two separate Champions League finals. The equalizer from Atletico Madrdi came in the second half through substitute Yannick Carrasco. The game was forced into extra time before Madrid won on penalties.
Ahead of the game, Torres had described the game as the “most special of his career” despite winning the same trophy with Chelsea and scoring the winning goal at Euro 2008. He also helped Spain as they lifted the trophy in South Africa in 2010.
Torres insisted that:“Without doubt this is the most important, special and beautiful game in my life. When you’ve been an Atlético fan from the age of five, the chance to win this trophy with this club is different to anything else I have had. I have won [titles] with Chelsea and with the national team but it’s different.”
However, the player put a player that was below his best in the game. During the first half, Madrid dictated the pace until Atletico settled. Torres failed to complete a simple pass in the first half but it was his clever movement that earned the team their penalty when he was fouled by Madrid’s Pepe. Antoine Greizmann missed the chance to equalize. Torres was ranked poorly by many pundits as they reviewed the game as Real Madrid went on to celebrate their 11th European club.