Fernando Torres is already a football idol. Signing for Liverpool for GBP26.5 million, 'El Nino' has gone from child prodigy to one of the greatest players on earth. His pacy runs and instinctive goal scoring has won the hearts and minds of millions of fans. Fanatical about the great game from an early age, Fernando joined Atletico Madrid in 1995, aged just 11 and, three years later, was voted best under-15 player in Europe. A few seasons on, and after many stunning goals, Torres was named Atletic's youngst-ever captain, going on to score 21 goals in 2003-4. Since signing to Liverpool, Torres has not looked back. 33 goals in 2007-8 made Torres the highest foreign goal-scorer in a debut season in Premier League history. To top it all off, Torres produced an incredible performance to lead Spain to victory at Euro 2008, scoring the winning goal in the final.
Ian Cruise was chief feature writer at "Shoot "magazine and a match reporter for the "Sunday Mirror" before moving online to become a senior member of the team behind the hugely successful Football365 website.