But last weekend against Tottenham he let himself down. El Nino was riled and he drew his nails across Jan Vertonghen's face, like an unruly five-year-old in a playground.
It was not his finest moment. Torres was lucky not to be sent off, though his marching orders arrived a little later all the same.
Nonetheless, he is still deserving of this week's yellow card. If you're going to raise your hands, at least throw a punch, Fernando. Nobody wants to see scratching or hair-pulling on the football field.