Chelsea striker Torres pride at Euro 2012 medal

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has revealed his pride at receiving his Euro 2012 winners’ medal after helping Spain to a third consecutive international trophy, the Guardian has reported.

The former Liverpool forward endured what he himself described as a “complicated” season, going between October and March without a goal and at one point losing his place in Vicente Del Bosque’s Spain squad.

Despite Chelsea winning both the Champions League and the FA Cup Torres was often used as a substitute towards the end of the campaign, a role he also took at times for Spain during the tournament. Torres started only three of the six matches, with Del Bosque at times preferring to use Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas as an auxiliary forward or, on one occasion, Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.

Yet Torres still ended the competition as the winner of the Golden Boot, having scored as many goals, three, as a number of players but having done so in fewer minutes on the field. Torres, who scored the third goal in Spain’s 4-0 final triumph over Italy, said: “It was a complicated season for me. It doesn’t mean it was bad, but it was complicated with very difficult moments for me. But to see my family happy after the final, you see whatever happened during the season was worth it.

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