Fernando Torres has made the shock announcement that he plans to come out of retirement after two years away from football.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker has not played since he called time on his playing days following a stint at Japanese side Sagan Tosu.
Torres, 37, was hampered by a string of injuries during his career, which saw him play for Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan and Spain.
Since his retirement he has also been pictured looking increasingly muscle bound following a remarkable body transformation.
But he is now preparing to step back onto the pitch again.
“I only understand life in one way – playing. That’s why I’ve decided to return,” he announced on his Instagram account.
He then added a hashtag ‘#vuelveelnino’, which translates in English to #elninoreturns’.
The post included a picture of a No.9 shirt, but it was coloured in black and white so as not to give any clues away.
Torres has been involved with coaching the Atletico Madrid B team since he hung up his boots, but it is not clear whether his boyhood club have anything to do with his decision to play again.
The Spaniard was renowned for being a quick, skilful striker, and arguably hit his peak at Anfield where he scored 81 goals in 142 appearances.
But Torres has recently bulked up by packing on some serious muscle during lockdown, and looks ever more the target man than the more slender frame he maintained as a professional.
He recently opened up on the highs and lows of his career in an Amazon Prime documentary, entitled The Last Symbol.
While he was initially regarded a hero on Merseyside, Torres was soon cast as the villain when he forced his way out of the club to join Chelsea for £50million in 2011.
That move was only shortly after Torres suffered a serious injury prior to the 2010 World Cup, which he claimed he rushed back for and caused further damage to his knee.
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Once at Stamford Bridge he struggled to find the same form that endeared him to the Liverpool fans, and admitted his disappointment at the way his time at Anfield ended.
“I will always regret not having tried to stop the team from falling apart, demanding that they (the club’s former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett) sign players.
“But I don’t regret having left because they didn’t fulfil the promises and expectations that the club had offered me.
“What happened during that period was that nobody was bothered about Liverpool or their fans.”
Reflecting on his difficult time at Chelsea, he said: “If you’re not performing well every week, someone will come in and take your position and you have to leave.
“Maybe, when you arrive at a club like that which is full of stars, in the middle of the season, it’s difficult to fit in. In the next season, it’s because I had a very, very bad first six months which everyone was remembering. Even if I was playing good and maybe scored a goal, all the blame was still on me.
“I was old enough to find solutions and I didn’t do it. I’m happy I made the move because I won the trophies that I wanted. I played good football but I didn’t do it every weekend, and in any big club in the world if you don’t perform every weekend, it’s not good enough.”