“I come from a place where there is no other choice but to fight against adversity, to stand up for what you believe in, to defend certain values and principles. And what I meant when I said I’d become "the player I hated" is that I felt as if I had abandoned most of those values and principles I held so close to my heart, the ones that had got me there in the first place, the ones that have made me the person I am today. I’d started having doubts since the World Cup, when I gave my all for a cause and didn’t exactly feel part of it in the end, and then it happened again at Chelsea in a much larger scale. What if every belief I had previously clung to so fiercely was actually a lie? I kept telling myself: “you’ve been fighting so hard for what you want and believe in, and you’ve done things your way, the right way… but maybe you’ve been wrong all along.”
"One might think that once you’ve acquired a certain status and a certain level of success, you’ve been through it all, that life has nothing left to teach you anymore. But football has taught me a very different lesson. I have no doubt that I still have plenty to learn, to experience. I’ve lived through the best moments any footballer could ever hope to live, and I’ve also gone through many unpleasant experiences that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. On a personal level, I think that has been the biggest reward, this new-found ability to face any given situation as it comes, to know how to handle my relationships with the people around me, and above all, with myself. I was able to see myself react to things I’d never experienced before and as a result, I grew up, matured, and became stronger than I was ever before.” - Fernando Torres.
“I actually know how to tattoo, and I love to do it and would love to have the opportunity to do it more often someday. I’m obviously not a professional but I have bought the kit and have it at home, and I took some courses. Leo (Millares) once promised me that one day, when he thinks I’m finally ready, he’ll let me tattoo him.” - Fernando Torres on Madrid Ink