It's still tricky to work out which club came off worse from the January 2011 deadline-day deal that saw Liverpool sell Torres to Chelsea for a British record £50 million, and then replace him with £35m Andy Carroll. Who was better value for money? Let's call it a draw. A goalless one.
Occasional impressions of a clinical goalscorer sometimes lulled pundits into rash declarations that Torres was 'getting back to his best' at Chelsea, only for the Spaniard to prove them wrong. Torres did help the Blues win the Champions League, famously scoring at the Nou Camp, so Roman Abramovich may still believe he was worth it.
But, shorn of the confidence that once helped him become an Anfield hero, Torres has netted only 20 goals in 110 league games for Chelsea and has finally been replaced for good by Diego Costa.
"It's OK Nando, you can't possibly be worse than Adrian Mutu"
"On the last day, Chelsea made a great proposal and I accepted," declared the Brazilian after making his £32.5m move from Real Madrid to the Premier League in 2008.
Just one slight problem. "You mean Manchester City?"
"Yes, Manchester, sorry."
There's nothing like getting off on the right foot at a new club. If Robinho appeared dazed and confused after signing for City on the manic deadline day that followed Sheikh Mansour's takeover, his head remained elsewhere for much of his time at Eastlands.
There were brief moments of genius that elevated him marginally above Jo in the list of City's worst Samba signings, but he also went AWOL and faced investigations over an alleged sexual assault before being cleared. He left two years later before missing out on selection for Brazil's own World Cup, which ended hopelessly.
"You never told me Stamford Bridge looked like this?"