Matthaus said: "He is a man who has dislodged a popular hero like Real Madrid's Raul and scored goals at will with Atletico and Liverpool, despite the burden of a 35million euros transfer fee.
"A lad like that must have class. It is very hard to be better than Raul. Torres is that.
"He is a player like Stuttgart's Mario Gomez, only more effective. The blond Spaniard is very strong in the air, makes effective runs, turns in an instant, has a fantastic shooting technique and is also dangerous with his left foot.
"He can become a superstar at the European Championships."