One of the leading lights of this season in European football, Llorente has led from the front as Bilbao took the Europa League competition by storm, with his brand of forward play making him a handful for some of the best defenders in Europe.
His rise to superstar status has hardly been rapid, as he had been a consistent scorer in La Liga for the last five seasons, with his international breakthrough arriving shortly after Vincente Del Bosque took over as Spain boss in the friendly against Chile in November 2008.
Llorente made an impact every time he took part in a Euro 2012 qualifier, with three goals from his five appearances meaning he has more than earned his spot in Spain’s final 23-man squad, with the disastrous form shown by Fernando Torres at Chelsea likely to make him one of Del Bosque’s main men this summer.
The speculation linking this powerhouse with a move away from Bilbao has reached fever pitch in recent months and few would be surprised if a big money offer is put on the table for this front man who offers power in the air, class on the ground and so much more besides. Talk of his future can wait for now as Euro 2012 is his first target.