Chelsea FC: Why Fernando Torres Is Overdue a Breakout Season

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Chelsea FC: Why Fernando Torres Is Overdue a Breakout Season
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As the sixth most expensive soccer player in history, Fernando Torres of Chelsea faces mixed criticisms as his Chelsea record fails to match his major tournaments performances.

However, Chelsea fans can expect to see the highly-paid striker deliver in the 2012-2013 season as his major tournament success will surely exceed into his domestic performances.

A major cog of a historically dominant Spanish team, and Golden Boot Winner in the 2012 UEFA European Championship, Torres has made a name for himself as one of the most legendary strikers to ever play the game.

The 28-year old has been a part of all three of Spain’s consecutive International triumphs, most recently notching a goal and an assist as a late substitute in the final minutes of Spain's victory over Italy in the European Championship final.

During the 2011-2012 season, Torres ultimately put in a less-than-expected effort for Chelsea (6 G, 41 A, 51 PTS) (via: leaving everyone wondering if Torres is capable of living up to his £50 million price tag.

While the Spanish have etched their country’s name into the record books as one of the best teams in the history of the sport, Torres will go down as a key contributor to Spain’s success.

Here are four reasons why Torres’ 2012-2013 performance will finally be £50 million well spent for Chelsea:

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