Ferran Torres

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Ferran Torres
Personal information
Full name Ferran Torres García
Date of birth (2000-02-29) 29 February 2000 (age 20)
Place of birth Foios, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 21
Youth career
2006–2017 Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Valencia B 12 (1)
2017–2020 Valencia 71 (6)
2020– Manchester City 0 (0)
National team
2016–2017 Spain U17 24 (2)
2018–2019 Spain U19 17 (9)
2019– Spain U21 6 (0)
2020– Spain 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:12, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:08, 6 September 2020 (UTC)

Ferran Torres García (Valencian pronunciation: [fəˈran ˈtorez]; born 29 February 2000) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right winger for Premier League club Manchester City and the Spain national team. He has represented Spain internationally at various youth levels and debuted for the senior team in 2020.

Club career[edit]

Valencia[edit]

Born in Foios, Horta Nord, Valencian Community, Torres joined Valencia CF's youth setup in 2006, aged six.[1] On 15 October 2016, while still a junior, he made his senior debut with the reserves by coming on as a substitute for Grego Sierra in a 0–2 Segunda División B home loss against Mallorca B.[2]

Torres was definitely 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 routing of Peralada-Girona B.[3] On 5 October, after being strongly linked to FC Barcelona and Real Madrid,[4] he renewed his contract, which increased his release clause to €25 million. He was also promoted to the first team on 1 January 2018.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7][8] Torres made his European and Champions League debut on 23 October 2018, starting in a 1–1 draw against Young Boys.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

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,[12] becoming Valencia's youngest goalscorer in the competition's history[13] as well as the first player of Spain's teams born in 2000 to score in Champions League.[14] On 23 November 2019, Torres marked his 50th appearance in La Liga for Valencia with a 1–2 away defeat against Real Betis, becoming the youngest Los Ches player to play 50 league games at the age of 19 years and 324 days, breaking 40-year old record of Miguel Tendillo (19 years and 351 days).[15]

Manchester City[edit]

On 4 August 2020, English club Manchester City confirmed the signing of Torres on a five-year contract, until 2025,[16] 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 City legend David Silva, a fellow Spanish player who also arrived from Valencia.[17][18][19]

International career[edit]

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.[20][21] 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.[22] 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.[23][24]

Just 16 days after signing for Manchester City, Torres was called up to the senior Spain national team for the first time.[25] 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 equaliser. Three days later, he scored his first senior international goal in a 4–0 win over Ukraine.[26]

Style of play[edit]

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."[27][28][29][30][31]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 4 August 2020.[32][33]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia B 2016–17 Segunda División B 2 0 2 0
2017–18 10 1 10 1
Total 12 1 12 1
Valencia 2017–18 La Liga 13 0 3 0 16 0
2018–19 24 2 6 1 7[a] 0 37 3
2019–20 34 4 3 0 6[b] 2 1[c] 0 44 6
Total 71 6 12 1 13 2 1 0 97 9
Manchester City 2020–21 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 83 7 12 1 0 0 13 2 1 0 109 10
  1. ^ Three appearances in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España

International[edit]

As of 6 September 2020.
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2020 2 1
Total 2 1

International goals[edit]

As of 6 September 2020. (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Torres goal)
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 September 2020 Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium, Madrid, Spain  Ukraine 4–0 4–0 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Valencia[33]

International[edit]

Spain U17
Spain U19

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "El Mestalla golea y Ferran enamora" [Mestalla thrash and Ferran flatters] (in Spanish). Superdeporte. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
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  33. ^ a b Ferran Torres at Soccerway

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