Barcelona FC sensation Ferran Torres has revealed that a life-altering encounter with UFC powerhouse Ilia Toporia has transformed him into a different person.
In an exclusive interview with FirstSportz, Torres opened up about the encounter that took place during a chance meeting at a gathering of elite athletes in Barcelona.
“I’ve always been a fan of MMA and UFC, so meeting Ilia was a dream come true for me,” Torres said. “But little did I know that our meeting would have such a profound impact on me.”
Torres, who made a switch from Manchester City to Barcelona earlier this year, admitted that the encounter with Toporia left a lasting impression on him both mentally and physically.
“It wasn’t just about the physicality that Ilia displayed, but it was his mindset and approach to his craft that really struck a chord with me,” Torres added. “He taught me the importance of discipline, dedication, and mental toughness – qualities that have not only made me a better athlete but also a better person.”
The 21-year-old Spanish winger credited Toporia for helping him find a new perspective on life and football, and he believes that the lessons he learned from the UFC powerhouse will continue to shape him as a player and as an individual.
“I’m a different person now, both on and off the pitch,” Torres emphasized. “I’m more focused, more determined, and more driven than ever before. And I have Ilia Toporia to thank for that.”
Torres’ revelation comes at a time when he is beginning to make his mark in the Barcelona squad, having already showcased his talents in the La Liga and UEFA Champions League.
As Torres continues his journey with Barcelona, he will no doubt be drawing inspiration from his encounter with Toporia, who has left an indelible mark on the young football star.