09/19/2011 02:47 pm ET | Updated Nov 19, 2011

Fernando Torres Miss: Chelsea Striker Misses Open Goal In Loss To Manchester United (VIDEO)

It wasn't that long ago that Fernando Torres was hailed as one of the world's best strikers. He seemed to possess a bewitching mix of the physical majetsty of Zlatan Ibrahimović, the leonine grace and explosiveness of Samuel Eto'o and the insightful understanding of passing angles that is parceled out along with the uniforms on the Spanish national side.

A teen phenom, Torres became the captain of Atletico Madrid at age 19 and established himself as one of the most dangerous strikers on the continent over the next few seasons. He moved to Liverpool for the 2007-08 season in the largest transfer in the history of the club. He netted 31 goals in all competitions during his debut campaign to set a new record for players in their first season in the Premiership. Despite dealing with sporadic injuries over the next seasons, Torres tallied 81 goals in 142 games across three and a half seasons with the Merseysiders.

And then he pulled on a Chelsea shirt.

After the West London club broke the British transfer record to sign him, Torres has repaid them with just two goals. He has been an absolute nightmare for the Blues.

If he doesn't turn his career around then a laugher at Old Trafford in Chelsea's loss to Manchester United on Sunday will likely come to symbolize his swoon. After making a terrific run into the box and deftly discarding United's goalkeeper, Torres fired well wide of the empty net.

Before the ball could even be put back into play, the miss was declared as the worst of the season by some. Others contended it was the worst miss ever. Not only did the horror shot completely overshadow a splendid goal that he'd netted earlier in the game, but it seemed to extinguish Chelsea's comeback bid. It was also quickly immortalized in many comic FIFA simulations.