When they retire, a lot of footballers, quite rightly, let themselves off the leash a bit.
After years of training every day, as well as having every aspect of their diet painstakingly scrutinised by nutritionists, and their body micromanaged by sports scientists, it is only natural that they want to have a little bit of fun.
Wesley Sneijder embodied this attitude. Mere months after he announced he was hanging up his boots, the Dutch legend was pictured sporting a glorious beer belly.
However, not all elite footballers have this approach. One player who seems eager to buck the trend is former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. Now, Torres is supposed to have been on the sunbed since playing his last game for J-League side Sagan Tosu back in 2019.
Instead, judging by a recent photo posted by beIN Sports Spain, among others, the World Cup winner left Japan, headed straight to the gym and has not stopped bench pressing since. Never known for his bulging muscles during his playing days, Torres is looking in phenomenal shape.
Perhaps, Leon Goretzka, a man who enjoyed a similarly remarkable glow up during the spring lockdown, has been giving El Niño a few tips? Whatever you are doing Fernando, keep it up mate.
In case you were wondering what else Torres has been getting up to during retirement, aside from getting ludicrously buff of course, he is currently helping out Atlei’s B team in a coaching capacity.
Who knows, perhaps in the future he will become the first football manager to also place in the World’s Strongest Man tournament?