By ESPNSTAR.com staff
While at Liverpool, Torres broke numerous scoring records, but increasing frustration over the club's inability to win silverware prompted the striker to request for a transfer.
Unfortunately, after signing for Roman Abramovich's Chelsea early in 2011, his good form deserted him and Torres struggled to displace team-mate Didier Drogba as the team's starting frontman.
With Euro 2012 on the horizon, many believed he would never make the cut for Vicente Del Bosque's squad after the manager dropped him for the country's friendly against Venezuela.
Torres shared with The Sun that the omission led him to reflect and realize he had lost some of his passion for playing football.
"Del Bosque phoned me before dropping me for the Venezuela friendly and I fully understood. I had lost some of my love for being at work," he shared.
"I had stopped setting an example to younger players, which is something I was taught to do at Atletico Madrid."
However, then interim manager Roberto Di Matteo gave the striker an open vote of confidence, allowing the Spaniard to experience a new lease of life at Stamford Bridge. Memorable strikes such as a hat-trick against Queens Park Rangers and a goal against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final helped Torres regain Del Bosque's trust, earning him a place in La Roja's squad for the European Championship.
The former Atletico Madrid believes he is unlikely to take his place in the Spanish squad for granted in future.
"Being picked for Spain had become a habit. Now it is a prize again," Torres said.