Liverpool's Torres chasing Ballon d'Or

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres doesn't shy away from admitting hopes of challenging for the Ballon d'Or. He told L'Equipe: "When I have watched the Ballon d'Or presentation on television I saw the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and Kaka. "I told myself that trophy was for players from another galaxy. Now I am among the candidates, and I cannot believe it. "Winning the award would be like climbing to the top of Everest and touching the sky."

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres doesn't shy away from admitting hopes of challenging for the Ballon d'Or.

He told L'Equipe: "When I have watched the Ballon d'Or presentation on television I saw the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and Kaka.

"I told myself that trophy was for players from another galaxy. Now I am among the candidates, and I cannot believe it.

"Winning the award would be like climbing to the top of Everest and touching the sky."

Torres also expressed his joy at playing for Liverpool, adding: "I am at ease in England. I wanted to play there so strongly, to discover the Premier League.

"At Liverpool I have started a second life. It is great."

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