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Griezmann helps Torres earn title

The Associated Press

Atletico players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League final against Marseille on Wednesday.

ReutersLYON, France (Reuters) — Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres ended his long wait for a trophy with the club where he has spent the bulk of his career when the Spanish side won the Europa League by beating Olympique de Marseille 3-0 on Wednesday.

Torres, whose second spell with his beloved Atletico finishes at the end of this season when his contract expires, replaced double goalscorer Antoine Griezmann in the 90th minute and lifted the trophy together with captain Gabi.

He had a beaming grin on his face as he walked alone toward the Atletico supporters, holding the trophy aloft with one hand.

Torres has supported Atletico since he was 5 and joined its academy when he was a child, making his first-team debut at 17 in 2001 when the team was in Spain’s second division.

“It’s difficult to explain how happy I feel after so much time, it was a dream I’ve always had since I was a child,” Torres said. “I feel so proud to belong to this group, which has changed the lives of so many Atletico fans.

“Before we had to explain why we wore this shirt. I dedicate this to all the fans that came here and all the ones that are waiting for us in Madrid.”

Torres had not come close to picking up any silverware when he bade farewell to Atletico in a tear-filled news conference in 2007 to announce he had signed for Premier League side Liverpool.

He was still in England when Atletico snapped a 14-year trophy drought by beating Fulham 2-1 to win the 2010 Europa League and was at Chelsea when his former club won five trophies in two years under coach Diego Simeone, the crowning jewel being the 2014 La Liga title.

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