Ballon D'Oh Nominations 2011: Chelsea's 50 Million Flop Fernando Torres

Once the poster boy for the Premier League, Fernando Torres has fallen into disarray since his £50 Million pound move to Chelsea - his catastrophic open goal miss against Man Utd being the icing on the cake
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It’s difficult to feel sorry for a man doing what he loves for a gratuitous amount of money, however even the most unsympathetic amongst us must feel a bit a sorry for the year Fernando Torres has had thus far. A very slow start to the end of the 2010-2011 season has been carried over into this season and with a grand total of 3 goals in 23 games, it would be safe to say El Nino has not exactly set the world on fire with his performances.

Unfortunately for Torres it’s not been as simple as a lack of goals. The lack of first touch, a yard less pace and most importantly poor decision making has meant he has looked half the player he was at his peak while playing for Liverpool two years ago.

Class however, is permanent - and he still shows flashes of brilliance, yet this only makes him even more frustrating to watch as its difficult to understand how he has become so inconsistent. The epitome of the 2011 version of Fernando Torres came to the fore whilst playing against title rivals Manchester United in September. The same team Torres used to torment with such glee were always going to be a tough test for Chelsea, but with the striker having shown a spell of promising form ahead of the match maybe the Blues could topple the current Premiership Champions.

United started very strongly and quickly took the lead in what was to be an electric game finishing the first half three goals to the good. Chelsea's most promising asset was a resurgent Torres though, and at the start of the second half he showed that he'd not completely lost the plot by taking a wonderful touch and flicking the ball elegantly over De Gea. Suddenly the game was back on and Chelsea were dominating the possession. Torres then found himself in space, drove powerfully towards goal and rounded the United keeper like he wasn't even there. 3-2 and Torres on fire, is undoubtedly what commentators in studios across the World would have been shouting - but with an open goal at his mercy and no significant pressure on him he inexplicably blazed the ball wide.

Instead of a way back into the game, Chelsea fans were left with crumpled 50 million pound heap who proceeded to walk around in stupor for the rest of the game, unable to comprehend his miss. This was a match that could have been his rebirth, instead it will only be remembered for a catastrophic Ballon D'Oh worthy miss of the season.

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