International Football

Fernando Torres: The Return of El Nino

Fernando Torres, Spain vs Korean Republic.
Fernando Torres, Spain vs Korean Republic.Jasper Juinen/Getty Images
Mayesha KhondokerCorrespondent IMay 31, 2012

Fernando Torres finally ended his yearlong goal drought for the Spanish national team as the striker helped the World Cup and Euro champions beat South Korea 4-1 in a friendly yesterday.

Torres was named in the starting lineup for the first time in a year and proved once more that his form was back on track. As many may remember, Torres was instrumental in Spain's success in the 2008 Euros, scoring the lone goal in the final against Germany. 

This should put all skeptics to rest and help reaffirm Vincent Del Bosque's preference for the Chelsea striker over the more reliable Soldado. 

Torres scored in the 12th minute to give Spain the lead. With a penalty from Xabi Alonso and a free kick from Santi Cazorla, Spain ended the friendly with a 4-1 win. 

However, Torres faces steep competition next season at his club, as reports that Eden Hazard and Hulk are both on their way to Stamford Bridge. The 28-year-old forward will need to prove himself to both his club and his country in front of millions of fans as the European Championship approaches. 

Although, when at Camp Nou, I had witnessed most Chelsea supporters wearing a No. 9 Torres jersey proudly, even before Torres earned back trust of most critics and admirers. I had even witnessed Barca fans watch in silence as one of their beloved national team players crushed the hopes and dreams of Barcelona's Champions League progress. 

Which proves that Torres fans never stopped believing in the striker, and we shall see El Nino repay their trust at the Euro Cup. 

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