Ferran Torres has been chatting about how his new ‘Shark’ nickname at Barcelona came about.
The forward says the name is a reflection of his personality and highlights the work done behind the scenes that people aren’t often aware of when it comes to footballers.
“The shark is a bit of everything, although everyone says that it is a new Ferran, it is the mentality that I have always had, now it has borne fruit because it is reflected on the field. Something very important is invisible training.
“People only see Ferran for 90 minutes on the field. Nobody knows what we have behind us, the hours of training, the hours of training with physical trainers, the hours of psychologists, of rest, of food. It is based on the Ferran that I am, the discipline that I have, the mentality that I have, the competitiveness and always wanting to be the best.
“It started as a joke in pre-season with the Spanish team, who were at the table, it spread on social networks and it stayed. It’s a nickname that I really like.”
Ferran also says he wants his mentality to be an example to children of how to stay motivated even when things may not be going well.
“More than the shark I want to be an example for them. Show them that even if things don’t work out, you suffer a lot of criticism or no one trusts you, you must take it to the positive side, which motivates you,” he added.
“Nowadays, when they don’t trust me or criticize me, I look at it from the positive side and I have more motivation to shut up and turn this around. I would like to be an example for children.”
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The forward is currently with the Spain squad and will be hoping for minutes on Thursday when La Roja take on Scotland in Euro qualifying.