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Aug 1, 2009

Torres claims Premier League is best in the world

Fernando Torres says that the English Premier League is still the best in world football, despite a summer of big spending in Spain.

The Reds ace believes the other European leagues still have some way to go before they can claim to have usurped their English rivals, despite the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to La Liga this year.

"English football has an enormous following across the world, not just because of the players but because of its history, its tradition, the excitement, the capacity crowds," Torres told Liverpool's official website.

"The other leagues can learn a lot, even La Liga. (Real) Madrid have signed Kaka and (Cristiano) Ronaldo, and Barcelona have Xavi and (Lionel) Messi but, really, the Premier League is way ahead."

Torres is also hopeful that Liverpool are able to mount a title challenge this season and claims he wants to get his hands on as much silverware as possible during his time on Merseyside.

"Winning the league here would be like winning the European Championship with Spain last year," he added. "A player wants to be remembered for what he has won, for what he has given to his club.

"Ten years after you stop playing you want to have medals, trophies. You may have a fantastic car and home but it's not the same."

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