Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has sent a message to iconic Spanish striker Fernando Torres after he played in his final game before hanging up his boots.

Torres and Gerrard were team-mates at Liverpool and the former Atletico Madrid star has previously said the Rangers boss was the best player he ever played with.

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 08: Fernando Torres of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mate Steven Gerrard (R) during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 8, 2009 in Liverpool, England.  Rangers

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Gerrard joked that Torres would turn his “bad passes into good passes” as the veteran’s Sagan Tosu were thrashed 6-1 at home by Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe.

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“Congratulations on an incredible career. I used to love playing with you, sharing the dressing room with you,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

 

“I wish we could go back to those days… knowing you could run behind defenders and I could find you with passes, and you turning all my bad passes into good passes. They’re the days I miss.”

Torres was also joined by another former Spain team-mate as David Villa was a late substitute for Kobe.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: (THE SUN OUT) (L-R) Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard of Liverpool chat during a training session at Melwood training ground on August 3, 2010 in Liverpool, England.

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During his time at Anfield, Torres scored 81 goals in 142 appearances before moving to Chelsea in a £50million move to become Britain’s most expensive player at the time.

‘El Nino’ will now become an advisor to Sagan Tosu after calling time on his playing career and will look to continue to help grow the popularity of football in Japan and the Far East.

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