Juan, Ander, and Dave in Manchester
"I believe in hard work, in team work and team effort, in sacrifice, in well-grounded and well-founded ambition, in respect, in the values I’ve tried to stick by since I was 10 years old. There have been times where sticking by those values hasn’t led me to success, but when they have, that’s when I’ve felt it’s really been worth it. It’s what I was taught and it’s the only way I know how to go on about things. Through work, sacrifice, selflessness, without ever intending to be better than anyone else. That’s what’s got me here, and that’s what I hope to teach my children in the near future.”
Ain’t nobody fresher than my motherfuckin’ clique
Juan Mata Futbol Draft 2006 (Aged 18)
(Side note: He looks like his mother Marta.. :)
(Photo credit: Archives)
"There was a boy, a very strange and enchanted boy. They said he wandered very far, very far, over land and see. A little shy, and sad of eye, but very wise was he..."
NATURE BOY - A Fernando Torres fanmix by en-prosa.
Listen to it HERE on 8tracks.
- The inclusion of “Cornerstone” was inspired by this Informe Robinson special on Atlético de Madrid (fast-forward to 06:12 to get to Fernando’s part and to 06:53 to the start of the song).
- Here’s the most accurate translation I could find of “Te Dejo, Madrid” by Shakira in case anyone’s interested.
- Needless to say, all of these songs remind me of Fernando in one way or another, be it one specific moment in his career, triumphs and failures, particular character and personality traits, the way he’s made me feel through my journey as a fan, etc. I tried to create a balance between the good and the bad times (a balance between “I’ll never give up” and “I became the player I’d always hated”, basically), but I admit I might’ve failed and I apologize if it ends up being a bit too depressing for some tastes.
- Feedback is always welcomed. Enjoy!
Also, many thanks to dreamofthecelt for providing these HQ pictures of baby Fernando, song suggesting, constant encouragement, and overall badassery.
“To me Fernando is more than just a teammate, he’s a friend, a truly great person. You might think he’s a great striker, but as a person he’s much better.” - Juan Mata