Diego Forlan: The Uruguayan Baller, Striker

Born in a family of footballers, Forlan had a long career from 2002 before calling for retirement from professional football in 2019. The boy earned a lot and gave the best of the moments to cherish for the international team and at club level for various clubs he played. Diego played for big clubs in Europe and showed his magic with his attacking intent in the game of football.

Manchester United

Diego Forlan began his football career as a youth player with Penarol and Danibio before joining Independiente, an Argentinian club till 2002. After a successful spell over four years, he was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson after the last rip-off in 6.9 million euros by Manchester United after a long negotiation for hours. The Uruguayan forward had a slow start to life at the united making his debut in the 76th minute on 29 January, failing to score in his first 26 appearances, and finally, Diego broke his duck in a Champions League match with a last-minute penalty at Old Trafford. Many last-minute equalizers and winning goals attracted more people and playing shirtless for a few minutes after he ripped off his shirt for goal celebration and could not put it back as the game recommenced and that too shirtless, he made a tackle, he became notable. Again 7 games without a goal in the 2003-04 season and it was just a few games where he could manage to net 8 goals. Diego’s double strike against Aston Villa in December 2003 proved to be his last league goal for the Reds. The 2004-05 season had a couple of defeats at various competitions and a loss away against Chelsea was

his last game. In the summer of 2004, he left for Villareal.

Villareal:

Not off with a bang but fortunately he hit the form and hit the net 7 times in just 5 matches and led Villareal to the club’s first-ever Champions League qualification. With 25 goals he claimed the Pichichi trophy with the most goals in La-Liga and also shared European Golden Boot with Thierry Henry in 2005. 2006-07 was his last season for the Spanish club and then

left for Atletico with 19 goals in the last season for Villareal.

Atletico Madrid:

The Wanda Metropolitano welcomed Forlan after the departure of a great striker F.Torres to Liverpool in June 2007 for around 21 million euros. Four remarkable seasons at Madrid where he learned a lot and shone for his club and country at the same time. Start with Sergio Aguero was a good deal and he staggered 23 goals in his first season of the spell. 2008-09 was the year where he repeated the 06-07 heroics and claimed La-Liga Pichichi Trophy and European Golden Boot with impressive 32 goals in 33 games putting late minute winner and a hat-trick. Atletico fans remember him for his great match-winning performances and wrote his name in the atleti history books by punching two goals in the Europa League Final in 2010. 2010-11 started with another trophy i.e UEFA Super Cup and his 12 matches goal drought took him to 2011 transfer to Italy, Inter Milan without disclosing the fee, and with a two-year contract on paper. Forlan was bought to replace Samuel Eto’o and could not fulfill the things and with 2 goals in 22 matches he terminated the contract which was just another beginning to the end of playing in top European clubs and he then joined a Brazilian Club.

International Heroics: 

Not just once but international heartbreaks always left players in agony. Forlan played three FIFA World Cup and 2010 was when his attacking mindset and great teamwork and his great shoots took them to the third-place play-offs where they lost 3-2 but that year was awarded Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament, Goal of the tournament and was picked in team of the tournament for being the joint top scorer with 5 goals. Continuing his run in 2011 he came up with a final win against Paraguay for the Copa America title. With some crucial penalty misses in his career, at the age of 36, Forlan with 112 caps and 36 goals stepped down and announced his retirement from the national team.

How good he was thought out his long career, the question has a lot to say for a striker of a great caliber who could score headers, volleys, long-range shots while some dipped in late which gave goosebumps and his late minute equalizers. Yes, Forlan was talented, hardworking and mostly a creative guy with putting the ball back and forth within his teammates to create spaces in between. He mainly played a role of supportive striker, main attacker, and attacking midfielder as he could put in with both foots. Movement and dropping deep with good passing ability made him a capable assist provider. Being an accurate set-piece taker while he disappointed at penalty at crucial times, he was a good attacking midfielder who enjoyed his Manchester United spell with more attacking intent. 

“With the quality of play and his playing style he was a great striker who could hit up from far within he gets the perfect foot landing on ball and it was in”

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