Fans emotional as Prem icons Van Persie & Torres meet as managers for first time

Fans emotional as Prem icons Van Persie & Torres meet as managers for first time

FANS were left emotional after seeing Fernando Torres and Robin van Persie meet on the touchline.

During Feyernoord’s Uefa Youth League clash against Atletico Madrid, the two Premier League shared an embrace.

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Fernando Torres, left, and Robin van Persie, right, met for the first time as managersCredit: Rex
The two are former stars of the Premier League

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The two are former stars of the Premier LeagueCredit: Alan Walter – The Times

The former strikers used to terrorise defences in England’s top flight during their careers on the pitch.

Now, they are both making their own way as coaches.

Van Persie and Torres are both in charge of their boyhood clubs’ U19 teams.

Before the match in the Uefa Youth League, the two shared an embrace leaving fans to reminisce.

One commented: “Fernando Torres and Robin van Persie: From smashing in goals across Europe to managing against each other in the Uefa Youth League.”

A second wrote: “I really miss these two players on the pitch.”

A third said: “How time flies … what we were watching are now memories. Please! Take me back.”

A fourth added: “What a journey for these legends! Respect for their passion and dedication to the game.”

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Torres, 39, came out on the winning team as Iker Luque Sierra netted the only goal of the game.

Van Persie, 40, made his name in English football at Arsenal before he made the controversial move to Manchester United in 2012.

The switch paid off as he won the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford.

Since retiring in 2019, the Dutchman has been working at Feyenoord as a coach.

He started as the assistant manager before taking on roles with the youth teams.

Torres, on the other hand, came through the ranks at Atletico Madrid before switching to Liverpool.

The Spaniard became one of the best forwards in Europe while at Anfield.

He left the club in a £50million switch to Chelsea in January 2011 and won the Champions League, however, he struggled to recreate his Liverpool form.

Torres retired in 2019 and took up his current role at Atletico in 2021.

He has also had a massive body transformation and now boosts the muscles of a bodybuilder.

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