Ferran Torres

Ferran Torres García (born 29 February 2000) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Barcelona and the Spain national team.

Ferran Torres
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Torres with Valencia in 2019.
Personal information
Full name Ferran Torres García[1]
Date of birth (2000-02-29) 29 February 2000 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Foios, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 19
Youth career
2006–2017 Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Valencia B 12 (1)
2017–2020 Valencia 71 (6)
2020–2022 Manchester City 28 (9)
2022– Barcelona 17 (4)
National team
2016–2017 Spain U17 24 (2)
2018–2019 Spain U19 17 (9)
2019–2020 Spain U21 6 (0)
2020– Spain 24 (13)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  Spain
UEFA Nations League
Runner-up 2021
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:04, 15 May 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 21:24, 26 March 2022 (UTC)

Torres began his career at Valencia, where he made his senior debut in 2017. He moved to Manchester City in 2020 and won the Premier League and the EFL Cup in the 2020–21 season. He departed for Barcelona in 2022. He has represented Spain internationally at various youth levels, and made his debut for the senior team in 2020.

Club careerEdit

ValenciaEdit

Born in Foios, Valencian Community,[4] Torres joined Valencia CF's youth setup in 2006, aged six.[5] On 15 October 2016, while still a junior, he made his senior debut with the reserve team by coming on as a substitute for Grego in a 2–0 Segunda División B home loss against Mallorca B.[6]

Torres was promoted to the B-side ahead of the 2017–18 campaign, and scored his first senior goal on 26 August 2017 by netting his team's second in a 4–1 home win over Peralada-Girona B.[7] On 5 October, after being strongly linked to Barcelona and Real Madrid,[8] he renewed his contract, which increased his release clause to €25 million. He was also promoted to the first team on 1 January 2018.[9]

Torres made his first team debut on 30 November 2017, replacing fellow youth graduate Nacho Gil in a 4–1 home routing of Real Zaragoza, for the season's Copa del Rey.[10] He made his La Liga debut on 16 December, playing the last nine minutes in a 1–2 loss at Eibar, becoming the first player born in the 2000s to play in the league.[11][12] Torres made his European and Champions League debut on 23 October 2018, starting in a 1–1 draw against Young Boys.[13] He scored his first La Liga goal on 19 January 2019, ten minutes after coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 victory against Celta Vigo.[14] He remained on the bench as Valencia defeated Barcelona 2–1 in the 2019 Copa del Rey Final at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville, on 25 May.[15]

On 5 November 2019, Torres scored his first Champions League goal, netting his team's last goal in a 4–1 home win against Lille,[16] becoming Valencia's youngest goalscorer in the competition.[17] On 23 November, Torres marked his 50th appearance in La Liga for Valencia with a 2–1 away defeat against Real Betis, becoming the youngest Los Ches player to play 50 league games at the age of 19 years and 254 days, breaking a 38-year old record of Miguel Tendillo (19 years old and 351 days).[18]

Manchester CityEdit

On 4 August 2020, English club Manchester City confirmed the signing of Torres on a five-year contract, until 2025,[19] for a reported transfer fee of €23 million (£20.8 million). The club later revealed that Torres had inherited the shirt number 21 previously worn by club legend David Silva, a fellow Spanish player who also arrived from Valencia.[20][21] Torres made his debut in City's first game of the season, coming on as a substitute in a 3–1 away win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.[22] On 30 September, Torres scored his first goal for the club, in a 3–0 away win over Burnley in the EFL Cup.[23]

On 21 October 2020, he made his Champions League debut with Manchester City, scoring a goal in a 3–1 win against Porto.[24] Just a week later, Torres started and scored again in the Champions League in a 0–3 victory over Olympique de Marseille, becoming the youngest Spanish player ever to score in three consecutive appearances in the competition, at 20 years and 241 days old.[25] On 28 November, Torres scored his first league goal for City in a 5–0 home win over Burnley.[26] On 14 May, Torres scored his first hat-trick for City in a 4–3 away league win over Newcastle United.[27]

Having fallen out of favour during the 2021–22 season, mainly due to injury, Torres agreed a transfer to Barcelona for €55 million (plus conditional add-ons worth €10 million) in December 2021, to be completed the following month dependent on Barça selling players from their squad.[28]

BarcelonaEdit

On 28 December 2021, both Barcelona and Manchester City confirmed that Torres had completed a permanent move to Barcelona, signing a five-year contract until June 2027, with a buyout clause of €1 billion.[29][30]On 20 January 2022, Torres scored his first goal for Barcelona in a 3–2 loss against Athletic Bilbao at the end of extra time in the Copa del Rey round of 16.[31] On 20 March 2022, he scored a goal and assisted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his first El Clásico helping Barcelona to a 4–0 away victory against the league leaders.[32]

International careerEdit

Torres was a member of the Spain squad that won the 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship final over England, and was also a member of the squad that reached final of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup later that same year, losing out to the same opponent.[33][34] He was named in Spain's squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Armenia. He scored the winning penalty in the semi-final victory over France, and both goals of the 2–0 final win against reigning champions Portugal at the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium in Yerevan.[35] He made his debut for the Spain U21 side on 6 September 2019, in a 1–0 away win over Kazakhstan in a European Championship qualifier.[36][37]

Just 16 days after signing for Manchester City, Torres was called up to the senior Spain national team for the first time.[38] He made his debut against Germany in the UEFA Nations League on 3 September 2020, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 away draw and setting up a pre-assist for Spain's last minute equalizer. Three days later, he scored his first senior international goal in a 4–0 win over Ukraine.[39] On 17 November 2020, Torres scored his first international hat-trick in a 6–0 win over Germany.[40][41]

On 24 May 2021, Torres was included in Luis Enrique's 24-man squad for the UEFA Euro 2020.[42] Torres scored the third goal of the Euro 2020 final 16 in the 76th minute of the game against Croatia, resulting in a 5–3 victory on 28th June.[43]

On 6 October, Torres scored both goals in Spain's 2–1 away victory over reigning European Champions Italy in the semi-finals of the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League.[44] In the final four days later, Spain suffered a 2–1 defeat against France.[45] With two goals, he was the joint–top scorer of the Nations League Finals, along with France's Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé, with the latter winning the Top Scorer Trophy due to having also provided two assists.[46]

Style of playEdit

Regarded as a talented and highly promising young attacking winger in the media, Torres has been described as a traditional wide midfielder, due to his work-rate and penchant for running to the touchline, although he is also capable of cutting inside towards the centre of the pitch; due to his role, nationality, and playing style, Simone Lorini has likened him to Joaquín. Torres is known in particular for his pace, creativity, technique, and his close control at speed, which enables him to take on opponents and overload the flanks, while his height, athleticism, and heading ability also make him a strong aerial presence. Although he primarily plays on the right, he is capable of playing anywhere across the attacking line. In 2018, Spanish football journalist Guillem Balagué noted that Torres "is a dribbler, fast on the wing, can play on either wing, and he has got ability and intelligence. He can also play inside if needed, so he is a modern winger." The Valencia academy director of recruitment, José Giménez, instead stated: "He's powerful, quick, steady with the ball at his feet and strong in the air. He's unpredictable. When he's running with the ball at his feet he can go on inside or outside his man because he is two-footed. He can cross, finish and shoot the football."[47][48][49][50][51]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 15 May 2022.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia Mestalla 2016–17[52] Segunda División B 2 0 2 0
2017–18[53] Segunda División B 10 1 10 1
Total 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Valencia 2017–18[53] La Liga 13 0 3 0 16 0
2018–19[54] La Liga 24 2 6 1 7[c] 0 37 3
2019–20[55] La Liga 34 4 3 0 6[d] 2 1[e] 0 44 6
Total 71 6 12 1 0 0 13 2 1 0 97 9
Manchester City 2020–21[56] Premier League 24 7 3 1 3 1 6[d] 4 36 13
2021–22[57] Premier League 4 2 0 0 1 1 1[d] 0 1[f] 0 7 3
Total 28 9 3 1 4 2 7 4 1 0 43 16
Barcelona 2021–22[58] La Liga 17 4 1 1 6[g] 2 1[e] 0 25 7
Career total 128 20 16 3 4 2 26 8 2 0 177 33
  1. ^ Includes Copa del Rey, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ Three appearances in UEFA Champions League, four in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ a b Appearance in Supercopa de España
  6. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield
  7. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

InternationalEdit

As of match played 29 March 2022[59]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2020 7 4
2021 15 8
2022 2 1
Total 24 13
As of match played 29 March 2022
Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Torres goal[59]
List of international goals scored by Ferran Torres
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 6 September 2020 Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium, Madrid, Spain 2   Ukraine 4–0 4–0 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A [60]
2 17 November 2020 Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville, Spain 7   Germany 2–0 6–0 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A [61]
3 4–0
4 5–0
5 28 March 2021 Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia 9   Georgia 1–1 2–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification [62]
6 31 March 2021 Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville, Spain 10   Kosovo 2–0 3–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification [63]
7 23 June 2021 Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville, Spain 14   Slovakia 4–0 5–0 UEFA Euro 2020 [64]
8 28 June 2021 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark 15   Croatia 3–1 5–3 (a.e.t.) UEFA Euro 2020 [65]
9 5 September 2021 Estadio Nuevo Vivero, Badajoz, Spain 19   Georgia 3–0 4–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification [66]
10 8 September 2021 Fadil Vokrri Stadium, Pristina, Kosovo 20   Kosovo 2–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification [67]
11 6 October 2021 San Siro, Milan, Italy 21   Italy 1–0 2–1 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals [68]
12 2–0
13 26 March 2022 RCDE Stadium, Barcelona, Spain 23   Albania 1–0 2–1 Friendly [69]

HonoursEdit

Valencia

Manchester City

Spain U17

Spain U19

Spain

Individual

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