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Japanese manga legend draws Fernando Torres portrait

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Former Spain striker Fernando Torres has received a hand-drafted portrait from the famous creator of the manga series "Captain Tsubasa".

The 34-year-old left Atlético Madrid at the end of last season and was introduced as the newest member of Japanese club Sagan Tosu on Sunday.

Having been influenced as a child by the iconic manga and anime series "Captain Tsubasa", known in Spain as "Campeones: Oliver y Benji", Torres was presented with a very special offering from the show's creator Yōichi Takahashi.

Fernando Torres poses with the caricature drawn by Japanese manga legend Yōichi Takahashi
Photo: @0728takahashi

The former Liverpool, Chelsea and AC Milan star told Goal:

Yes! I started to like football because of Oliver and Benji. I was between five and seven years old and I had not touched a ball in my life when they started to put Oliver and Benji on TV.

I remember that you had to turn the wheel on the television to find the channel. And I stayed glued to the television watching Oliver and Benji. I promise.

In fact, once when the president of Sagan Tosu visited Madrid, he brought us a picture of Oliver and Benji where I was one of the characters with the Atlético shirt, and the painting was signed by the author. They found out that I liked it, and they brought this kind of gift.

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