Striker known as El Niño, he became one of the first ever players to win the Champions League, Europa League, World Cup and European League championships; played for Liverpool from 2007 to 2011 before joining Chelsea and debuted for the Spanish national team in 2003.
He played goalie as a child, and joined Atletico Madrid's youth program in 1995; debuting for the club's senior team in 2001, he went on to score 75 goals with Atletico Madrid in 174 La Liga matches.
He became the first Liverpool player since 1996 to score over 20 league goals in a single season. He also scored 50 league goals in less time than any previous player in Liverpool history.
He has three children named Nora, Leo, and Elsa with Olalla Dominguez, whom he married on May 27, 2009.