Torrado: “I came to ask for a test to play in Europe”

first_imgTorrado started in the year 2000 in Tenerife, then went through the Polideportivo Ejido, Sevilla and Racing de Santander at a decisive moment in his career in which he established himself as one of the best midfielders in Mexico, participating in three World Cups .How do you see your time in Spain so long after?It was enriching what I experienced in Spanish football. I came to Tenerife by chipping stone, they did not come looking for me, I came to ask for a test to be able to play in European football. I valued everything and took advantage of every moment.How do you remember the signing with the Ejido?I earned the chance to play with them and I am grateful that my career because of the gentlemen’s agreement in Mexico could have been cut short there. They opened the doors for me so that I could continue playing and that catapulted me to later sign for Sevilla and finish my European adventure at Racing Santander.What was the hardest part of being a foreign player in Spain?The hardest thing was after having promoted with Tenerife. Despite having started in 38 of 42 games, I did not find a place in another club, which meant one of the most important challenges I experienced in my career.It was difficult to turn everything around and find a team that trusted me; continue working even though I could not play. That made me resilient. It was also hard to be at Sevilla and they will take the card from me because of the foreign position. I decided not to quit and continue training, despite not playing.How did you take on those days?They helped me to appreciate the environment in which I grew up, I spent many days alone and always remembered where I saw and the values ​​that were instilled in me. It was valuable to realize how lucky I had been, then I had the opportunity to go to Santander, play again and feel like a footballer, useful in a team.How was the deal with the Spanish?The Spanish footballer is very professional, I have seen that throughout my career. I had a good relationship with Luis García when we played in Tenerife, with Mista, with Pablo Alfaro, Javier Casquero, David Charcos, Curro Torres, Pierre Cherubino and others. I was fortunate to have good colleagues, excellent people like Rafa Benítez and Ramón Planes, who gave me the opportunity at Santander, and with whom I have a good friendship.How did playing in Spain influence you as a person? In addition to the friendships I was able to cultivate, I met many people from other countries. I had the opportunity to study marketing. In Seville I met people from outside soccer, something valuable. and I appreciated the experience of knowing a different culture. The diet, although similar to that of Mexico, was different.Did you figure out that you would have had better contracts if you had stayed in Mexico?I never saw it as a matter of money. I always saw it as a way to fulfill my dream and show myself that I had the ability to play in a competitive league like the Spanish one. When you do it without looking for the money at the end everything turns around and you are compensated by other sides.I was compensated in having good friends, living a culture that I did not know, knowing places that I would not have known if I had not been there. Then I returned to Mexico and had a good contract. One thing is not at odds with the other. Many people will say that I spent years in which I could make more money, but I saw it as an investment, I was able to polish my football, find people who enriched me and know other things.Was it difficult for you to accept the withdrawal?It was a duel that I experienced as a footballer and as a person. Throughout childhood, adolescence and youth I played soccer. It was a 20-year career and when I left it, the mat moved me. I was grateful for what he touched me; I always came up with the idea of ​​giving myself as much as possible to the institution that I trust and contributed with commitment.How do you think the transfers will change after COVID-19?We will have to see how the situation evolves and how the economies of this global pandemic are recovering. See how the relationship of the clubs with sponsors will be, how the television rights will continue and based on that the clubs will determine how much money they have to invest in signing. We don’t know that now, especially when you are outside an institution.Now many repeat that soccer players earn a lot and doctors little. How do you see that?All professions are important. When there is a World Cup it is the soccer players who generate the expectation and entertainment for all people. Today it is the doctors who will determine where we have to go and what the processes will be to get ahead of the pandemic all together. All professions are worthy and at some point they become relevant.Messi, to give an example, is a footballer of international stature, decisive in his team and his team. He generates a lot of economic profit, the market is willing to pay.Keep training?I like to do exercises. I don’t do it as an obligation, but I enjoy it. I do functional exercises, I have a pulley at home, kettlebells, dumbbells, I do push-ups, bars, I don’t like running, but I do jump rope. I like to ride a mountain bike, it is one of the things that I could not do when playing. Every time I can I take a trip to some mountain to experience the adrenaline. I also play tennis.How do you see his life about to turn 41?I can say that I sleep peacefully. The things I wanted to do as a footballer I did. I achieved the dreams I had as a boy, I was able to represent my country in the World Cup, in one of them I scored a goal, and I am fortunate to have a beautiful family with which to grow, share and now educate three children’s jewels that I have. The Mexican Gerardo Torrado, who played in Spanish soccer between 2000 and 2005, assured this Sunday that Trying out in Laliga, it was an enriching experience because it “smashed stone” in the Second Division and grew until reaching Sevilla and Racing Santander.last_img read more