By Inês Barbosa: On a day like today, exactly twenty-nine years ago, a blonde boy was born in Fuenlabrada, a little city near Madrid. Nobody knew it at the time, but that boy – Fernando José Torres Sanz, they called him – would become one of the best footballers the world ever saw.
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Those who knew him all his life state that he has always been the quietest person, but his love for playing football started very early, at the age of four, and even by then he changed totally, when he had a ball at his feet: all his quietness vanished and a different kind of fire, a passion, took its place.
Fernando was only eleven when he joined Atlético de Madrid’s academy, and even though he dreamt about becoming a professional footballer, he could not even dream about how high he would end up getting. At the age of 17, he made it to the first team and managed to win the Euro in the Under 16’s category.
Only two years later, he was made captain of the team and led them throughout the best and the worst, always giving all of himself to the club who had first stolen his heart.