|gen. - giu. 2005||Athletic Bilbao||A||15/3|
|Year of achievement||Team||National||European|
|gen. - giu. 2005||Athletic Bilbao||4/3||1/-|
|Italian Super Cup||2013|
Fernando Llorente, the 6ft 5in Spaniard nicknamed El Rey León (The Lion King) for his mane of blond hair, was one of the most coveted strikers in Europe before he signed for Juventus.
He is a proven goalscorer at the highest level, with seven goals for Spain and a score tally for Athletic Bilbao that consistently reached double figures for the season despite the rest of the team’s often mixed fortunes. The 2011/12 campaign saw him notch a remarkable 29 goals.
Having joined the Athletic Bilbao youth system at the age of 11, he made his debut for the first team in 2005 and scored a hat-trick just three days afterwards against UD Lanzarote.
He went on to become the club’s talisman, and has arguably been their most important player for the best part of a decade.
His prowess as a striker was confirmed beyond doubt when he tore apart the experienced defence of Manchester United, scoring for Bilbao in both legs of their 2011/12 Europa League last 16 tie in an overall performance that was crucial to the Basque side’s unexpected victory.
For the Spanish national team, his excellent performance in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships - he finished as the tournament’s second highest scorer behind Lionel Messi - showed the promise that he has gone on to fulfill. He played an important role in their imperious victory in the 2010 World Cup.
Juventus are sure to benefit from his imposing presence in the box and exceptional heading ability in the seasons to come.