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Diego Forlán Biography

Diego Forlán Corazzo, also generally referred to as Diego Forlán, is an Uruguayan Footballer who usually plays in various forward positions such as the wing, striker, or, his best suited position, as a center forward.

Diego Forlán is so far the only player to have won the Pichichi Trophy with two different clubs in the La Liga. Picking up the European Golden Shoe in 08/09 and also received the Golden Ball as the Best Player in FIFA 2010 World Cup.

Early Life

Born on the 19th of May 1979 in Montevideo, Diego Forlán was introduced into sports at a young age. His father Pablo Forlán played for Sao Paulo for 5 years and the Uruguay International Team, where he participated in the World Cup of 1966 in England.

His maternal grandfather also played football for Independiente in Argentina. Before pursuing his career in football, Diego Forlán originally played tennis, but eventually he made his decision to follow his father's occupation.

When he turned 16 in 1995, Diego Forlán was brought to to France on a trial at AS Nancy by the coach László Bölöni. However after several months on trial, the AS Nancy opted not to sign Diego Forlán, and he returned to South America.

Independiente

After being sent back from France, Diego Forlán ended up playing for several South American Clubs, until making his mark in Argentina playing for Independiente, with a total of 80 appearances scoring and impressive 37 goals.

His prolific and consistent goal scoring ability attracted attention from clubs outside of South America.

In January 2002, Manchester United made a counter of 6.9 million offering a single payment to Independiente and a more stable and wealthy salary for Diego Forlán as to Middlesbrough's original offer.

After negotiating for several hours Manchester United successfully completed the signing of Diego Forlán.

Manchester United

Diego Forlán officialy signed for Manchester United by Sir Alex Ferguson on the 22nd of January 2002 of the 2001/2002 season. There he would endure a difficult period as he struggled to release his full potential.

His confidence in front of goal decreased in his 3 and half seasons at the club by only scoring 10 goals in 63 appearances for the club. The season of 2001/2002 he made 13 league appearances and 5 Champions League appearances and did not score any goals.

On the 18th of September, Forlán came on as a 56th minute subititue in a champions league match agains Macabi Haifa there he scored his first goal in a Manchester United match in the 89th minute, scoring a penalty.

Eventually Manchester United ended up winning the Premier League title in 2002–03, and Forlán scored six goals to make him the club's third best-scoring striker that season. He also managed to get himself an FA Cup winner’s medal.

Villareal

Forlán was strongly linked with a move to the Spanish league with many clubs interested in acquiring his signature. He eventually ended up signing for Villareal in on the 21st of August 2004.

At Villareal we began to see his great talent in front of goal. Scoring on a regular bases in the time between the 12th of December 2004 and 16th January 2005 he went on a run of scoring 7 goals in 5 matches.

On 22 May 2005, he scored his first hat trick for a European club in a 3-3 draw against FC Barcelona. Diego Forlán ended up receiving the 2004–05 Pichichi Trophy for most goals in La Liga, with 25 goals.

He also shared the 2005 European Golden Boot with Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. Things didn't go so well the following season. His goal rate declined in the 2005-2006 season. He managed to redeem his form in the 2006-2007 season, managing 19 goals in 36 appearances.

Athletico Madrid

In the new season of 2007-2008 Diego Forlán was linked with a transfer to Atletico Madrid following the departure of Fernando Torres. He eventually signed for Madrid for a total fee of €21 million.

In May 2008 he helped Atletico Madrid qualify for Champion's League for the first time since the last 10 years. He managed to grab himself 23 goals in his first season with Atletico Madrid and formed a great partnership with Sergio Aguero.

The season of 2008-2009, Diego Forlán proved to the world that he was one of the deadliest strikers in the world. Not only did he help Atletico Madrid finish in a Champions League spot for a second successive year. He also managed crucial goals against Barcelona and Valencia.

Finally scoring a hat-trick against Athletic Bilbao which helped him win the the La Liga Pichichi Trophy award, as well as the European Golden Boot for a second time. He ended the 2008–09 season with a very impressive 32 goals in 33 matches Atletico Madrid started the new season at a slow pace and Diego Forlán, receiving constant criticism from the fans and continually being left out of the starting line up.

When a new manager was appointed in the second half of the season, Diego Forlán recuperated his form, helping Atletico Madrid reach finals in both the Europa League and the Copa Del Rey. He ended the season with 28 goals and winning the Europa League Final.

Inter Milan

After a quiet season with Atletico Madrid in 2010-2011 only managing to win the UEFA Super Cup. On 29 August 2011, it was confirmed that Diego Forlán had joined Internazionale.

Sadly, this would be his worst club performance so far in his career, managing a total of 2 goals in 18 appearances. He was also plagued by injuries and was played out of position. The Italian club would later confirm that he had been released terminating the final year of his contract.

Internacional

After having his contract terminated, Forlán ended up signing with Brazilian side Internacional. Forlán scored his first 2 goals for Internacional in a 4-1 victory.

His first trophy with the club was the Campeonato Gaucho; he scored a total of 9 goals in the campaign.

National Team

Diego Forlán didn't make many starting appearances for the national side, but he was picked to travel to the 2002 World Cup, but only made one appearance in the final group game against Senegal, scoring in the 69th minute.

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa proved to be Diego Forlán best performance with the national team, scoring 5 goals and ending up top scorer and being awarded the Golden Ball as best player in the tournament and also being picked in the Best XI of the World Cup.

In 2011, he continued his great form by helping Uruguay win the Copa America beating Paraguay 3-0 in the final. He is currently Uruguay's most capped player with 102 appearances and Uruguay's all time top scorer with 32 goals.

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