Some of the greatest players do indeed only come around once every four years but that is quite literally the case for Valencia’s Ferran Torres. Born 29 February, therefore celebrating his true birthday every leap year, the Valencian native broke into the senior team in the second half of the 2017/18 season and has set about impressing head coach Marcelino with the intention of becoming a first-team regular.

Joining the youth setup aged six, Torres was identified as one of the clubs most promising homegrown talents. His development led him to a debut with Valencia’s second string at just 16 years of age. A right-sided winger, Torres began to make the position his own.

His first goal for the second-string team came in matchday two against Girona’s B side Peralada. His fantastic start to the season was interrupted by the Under-17 European Championships. Torres was an integral cog in the Spanish machine which went on to win the competition, beating England on penalties in the final after eliminating Germany and France in the knock-out phases.

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