Spain is under the lime light having won the two most prestigious tournaments that the world of soccer has to offer; the Euro 2008 and the World Cup 2010. Having won both competitions here is a look at two of their prized strikers who are indeed very famous in their own respect.
The first of these two players is Spain’s striker Fernando Torres. His full name is Fernando Jose Torres Sanz and he has a nickname which is El Nino. The reason for this nickname is that Torres is very young and looks even younger. He was born on the 20th of March 1984 in Fuenlabrada in the Community of Madrid and began playing football at the age of five. By the age of eleven he was scouted by his first official league team Atletico Madrid in 1995. He started off playing in the youth team and worked his way up and won his first youth title in 1998. He was also part of the under 15 teams that Madrid sent to the Nike Cup which had the resulted with them winning the tournament and later on Torres was voted the best player in Europe for his age group. The next year in 1999 he signed his first professional contract with Atletico.
In 2007 he had signed a six years contract with Liverpool for £20 million which was the highest transfer fee in liverpool’s history. Whilst at Liverpool Torres made 102 appearances and had scored 65 goals. He also became the fastest player for Liverpool to score 50 goals. In 2011 Torres had signed a contract with Chelsea for £50 million making him the most expensive Spanish player and it was also the most expensive British transfer and it also made him the fourth most expensive player in history.
The second famous player for Spain is David Villa. His full name is David Villa Sanchez and he is nicknamed El Guaje which means kid in Austrias. He was born in Tuilla, a small village in Asturias, a region in northern Spain. He started his football career rather later due to a serious injury at the age of four when he suffered a fracture to his right femur, but he made a complete recovery.
He made his first official debut aged 19 with his local club Sporting Gijon in 2001 where he made 80 appearances and had scored 38 goals. In 2003 he was signed for 3 million Euros by Real Zaragoza. He was with this club from 2003 up to 2005 during which he made 73 appearances and scored 32 goals. In 2005 Villa made a move to one of Spain’s heavy weight clubs which was Valencia for 12 million Euros. He was there from 2005 to 2010 during this time he had made 166 appearances and scored 108 goals. He was also the top goal scorer for he Euro 2008 tournament one which Spain went on to win. In 2010 Villa made his most expensive transfer to Barcelona for a fee of 40 million Euros and is still currently there. So far he has made 22 appearances and scored 15 goals.
Well there are two famous Spanish players I’m sure there are many more that I have missed out but those two are most commonly known and related to Spain.
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