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El Nino: My Story

It's fair to say that if you're not a Liverpool fan (or perhaps a Spain fan) you won't enjoy this book. Autobiographies are subjective that way, but I can only do my best to show you what's in it, without being overly concerned with his performances for Liverpool thus far.

Fernando Torres is without doubt one of the great strikers in the world. Young, strong, powerful and a deadly finisher, he occupies a place in many a Liverpool fan's heart; but now he's thought to bring out a book, El Nino: My Story, at the tender age of 25.

You may ask how a footballer manages to write such a book without having lived much past the age you are allowed to legally drink alcohol, but that is the world today. The younger the player, the more they have to say, apparently.

In actual fact, it's not as terrible as some. Mainly because it doesn't pretend to be anything but coffee-table reading.

Some footballers seem to think they have a gift for writing and a story they need to share with the world, Torres is not one of them. This work is just a book about a down to earth young man who gets paid for doing something that he loves.

Jam packed with glossy photos, it is not exactly the type of book you can digest on public transport, or indeed hold in the air for too long without getting tired. But, it is full of insight about how he grew up, snapshots from his life, his likes/dislikes and gives us the inside track on his transfer to Liverpool, as well as some thoughts on the club itself.

While those of a delicate disposition may baulk at the ''To the best fans in the world'' inscription upon opening the first page, Liverpool fans will lap it up. He is nothing but committed to the cause throughout and, while some autobiographies have portrayed clubs in a negative light, there is nothing like that here.

In fact, it reads a little like a tribute to the Anfield cause - suggesting perhaps that these are not completely his own words (shocking I know!) - but there is also sections where a handful of praise is thrown in the direction of his first club, Atletico Madrid, too. So it's not totally Liverpool dominated.

Ultimately, it is not an autobiography per se, but an illustrated guide on one of the best footballers around. You are not likely to get bored of the glossy photos, quotes and short stories; but may find some of his words to be a tad stomach churning.

It will be interesting to see something from Torres in the future, perhaps when he has more life experience to share, but for the meantime the Liverpool fans will be happy that their No.1 striker appears happy in England.


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