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Diego Simeone Lauds 'Absolute Legend Of Football' Fernando Torres Following Retirement

Fernando Torres' career came to a close on Friday and Diego Simeone saluted his former team-mate and player

Diego Simeone Lauds 'Absolute Legend Of Football' Fernando Torres Following Retirement
Torres spent much of his career with Atletico, playing with and for Simeone at the club before moving to Japan in 2018. | Courtesy: @FIFAWorldCup
Diego Simeone Lauds 'Absolute Legend Of Football' Fernando Torres Following Retirement
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2019-08-25T16:04:48+05:30

Diego Simeone labelled former Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres as "an absolute legend of football" after the Spain great played the last game of his career on Friday. (More Football News)

Torres, 35, announced his decision to retire in June, targeting Sagan Tosu's clash with Vissel Kobe as the perfect match to finish with due to the presence of his former national team colleagues David Villa and Andres Iniesta.

Also Read: Iniesta Spoils Torres' Retirement Game

Unfortunately for Torres, Tosu were on the end of a 6-1 hiding at home – Iniesta playing a key role, while the man of the moment failed to bring his career to a close with a goal.

Torres spent much of his career with Atletico, playing with and for Simeone at the club before moving to Japan in 2018.

And Simeone paid tribute to Torres in his news conference on Saturday.

"I think Fernando is very intelligent, an absolute legend of football, he has earned his place in football for his work, commitment and respect for others," Simeone said.

"He has always had a great respect, as a person and footballer. I imagine he will take his time to prepare and decide in the best way where he wants [his career to take him after retirement] and respond to that responsibility.

"Hopefully that's not in so many years, because then we could meet again."

Atletico began the new league season with a 1-0 win over Getafe last week, but Simeone remains frustrated that the campaign has started with the transfer window still open.

"It's an awkward situation for everyone, the players, coaches, clubs," Simeone added, with Atletico due to face Leganes on Sunday.

"I don't like the league starting before the transfer window closes. It would be better if we all knew who [players] we will have in the season. It would be healthier for everyone, but it's not up to me."

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