Even as Álvaro Morata took his starting spot last season, Fernando Llorente never publicly complained. If anything, he only continued to be the model professional that he always has been — one that takes selfies with the younger, more dynamic Spanish striker who just dethroned him.
That's what Llorente was like from the day he signed with Juventus until today, the day where he officially joined Sevilla on a free transfer. The details of the move that sees Fernando head back to his homeland, courtesy of Juventus' official website:
Striker Fernando Llorente has today completed a return to his native Spain, joining reigning Europa League Champions Sevilla on a permanent transfer after having his Juventus contract terminated by mutual consent.
In the minutes following his arrival in Spain, Llorente
It has been a great pleasure to live the last two years in the Juventus. Thanks a lot for all the support. pic.twitter.com/CYsA0lulZU— fernando llorente (@llorentefer19) August 26, 2015
God, he's so classy. So incredibly classy.
You don't see that from a lot of players. But when it comes to Llorente, he absolutely cherished his time in Turin despite it being relatively short compared to others. His first season was far and away better than his second, but you never would have known it by the way he conducted himself off the field. And that's what many of us appreciated about Llorente. He might have been one of the highest paid players on the squad, but he didn't change anything about his ultra-professional ways.
There were goals — especially in the 2013-14 season where he got 18 goals in all competitions — and there were plenty of good times. Llorente wasn't as big of a contributor last season, but his value to getting Juventus to where it finished the last two years can't be missed or under-appreciated.
We thank you, Fernando, for being you. We will miss the selfies, we will miss all the Abba references.