If Chelsea wins the 2013 Europa League against Benfica later this month, count on Spain national team coach Vicente del Bosque to put his trust back in Fernando Torres and call him up ahead of the Confederations Cup in Brazil. And if La Furia Roja imposes itself once again by lifting the title, Torres could suddenly turn into a genuine contender for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or.
For the everyday football fan, this may sound as a big joke indeed, just another one of those memes that has the struggling striker as a favorite topic on the internet. Fernando Torres may look unrecognizable in his Zorro mask right now, but there is something familiar about No. 9’s performances of late.
The statistics do not lie. 21 goals in a season is a handsome return for any striker. The confidence seems to have returned, the goals are becoming more frequent and he is impacting games like never before at Chelsea. And with Torres finally showing his true colors in the blues of Chelsea, many expect the Spaniard to be a vital cog in Spain’s quest to defend the World Cup in 2014.
There is no doubt that football is considered to be the most popular sport played and watched worldwide. And like football, another game that has become a favorite the world over is poker. Poker, like football has also seen the rise of several top players from Spain and it also has its own version of the World Cup. The World Series of Poker is the event where the top poker players around the world compete to gain the title as the best.
But for fans who wish to play poker right away, online poker sites such as partypoker.es, provides access to enjoy your favorite game. Online poker has enjoyed an interest of sorts lately with sites like partypoker providing poker enthusiast a venue to play their favorite game even at the comforts of their own home. One notable Spanish online player is Juan Barros, who is also known as vietcong01 in the online poker circuit. He has won more than his fair share of big tournaments in his career, proving that Spain also produces champions in various sports disciplines.
Fernando Torres has bounced back well from his bitter disappointment of starting the 2012 Champions League final on the bench. When everyone mocked his alarming wastefulness in front of goal, he went on to scoop the Golden Boot at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
In the same manner that he shocked the public to win the European Championship Golden Boot last summer, he could surprise both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award. A Ballon d’Or triumph for Torres in Zurich next year would add another point to Spanish football, and it would bring an odd pause, if not an end, to the fierce domination of Messi and Ronaldo in top award contests.