Translation results Ferran Torres on Barca: Learning Ronaldo, inheriting Messi
29 Dec 2021 | 14:26 | Football
Ferran Torres has always been studying Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of football skills and now he joins Barcelona with the ambition of succeeding Lionel Messi.
The important contract of Barca
The first time Barcelona asked Man City about Ferran Torres in mid-August, not long after Lionel Messi’s move to PSG, the answer they received was very blunt: “No way, he is not for sale”.
Man City does not consider Ferran a commodity for business, when he is favored by Pep Guardiola.
But Ferran Torres, who left Valencia a year and a half ago for €25 million (with a variable €12 million), took advantage of one of the key terms of his contract with the English club: in the event of an offer. The offer came from a big team in Spain, Man City had to let him negotiate.
“Our players will not leave easily,” Pep Guardiola tried to keep Ferran and he understood that Barca was in economic difficulty.
However, Pep had to accept to let go when Ferran insisted he should not be where he himself did not want, because a player’s career was too short.
When Barca’s sporting director, Mateu Alemany, with whom Ferran had a good relationship because they met in Valencia, arrived in Manchester a few months ago, the goals were clearly defined by the parties.
“You’ll be one of the club’s franchise players,” Alemany explained to the young Valencian.
Xavi also told Ferran Torres the same thing in one last phone conversation, leaving him completely enthralled about the new project at the Nou Camp.
At Man City, Pep cannot guarantee Ferran will become the leader of the club in the short term, when there are too many stars in the squad (De Bruyne, Sterling, Mahrez, Bernardo Silva…). Therefore, he chose Barca.
Ferran Torres is a passionate and ambitious footballer. He always fights to start, as well as plays a key role in the team. Barca offers the opportunity for the 21-year-old Spaniard to become the leader of Xavi’s new project.
Admiring Ronaldo, inheriting Messi
The ambition is Ferran Torres’s desire to fight is heavily influenced by Cristiano Ronaldo, whom he uses YouTube videos to practice.
Torres admires and loves Ronaldo’s professionalism. “From an early age, he took great care of himself, taking care of his food and preparing his body,” revealed Santi Denia, who coached him at Spain youth team levels.
In Manchester, Ferran has a nutritionist, a chef and a fitness trainer that he works with in his home gym.
Trained at Valencia since the age of 6, Ferran went from being a winger more into the middle. This is also the way Ronaldo started to change when he arrived at Real Madrid, especially during his time working with coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Working with Guardiola, in the absence of Gabriel Jesus and Kun Aguero, Ferran further improved his versatility. Luis Enrique also supported him in the Spain national team.
“Ferran comes as a winger, but maybe he should consider playing as a central striker. He has the intuition to know exactly where the ball is going,” explained Pep.
Real Madrid used to approach Ferran 4 times but failed. Barca also had a failure when they wanted to pull him back to the Nou Camp.
Now, when Ansu Fati is injured, Barca returns to negotiate with Ferran Torres and succeeds.
Xavi appreciates Ferran and wants to make him a new “virtual number 9” of Barca. The former Valencia player will reprise the role of Messi before, when active on the right wing and in the opponent’s penalty area.
Barca ended 2021 with 7th place in La Liga with too many scandals. With Ferran Torres, the Catalunya club made a big bet to return to sport as well as commercially.