The former Atletico Madrid and Manchester United striker announced his retirement from professional football
The 40-year-old, Uruguay legend Diego Forlan has finally put a full stop to his football career after playing for ten clubs. Forlan was named the best player of the tournament in World Cup 2010. He also helped Uruguay in winning the Copa America 2011, the last time they won this cup.
The Uruguayan tweeted about his retirement saying: ” After 21 years I made the decision to end my career as a professional footballer. A beautiful stage closes full of great memories and emotions but another new challenge will begin. Thanks to all who in one way or another accompanied me on this path!”
Diego Forlan started his career at Argentine Club, Atlético Independiente at a tender age. He impressed top European clubs with his goalscoring and playmaking abilities. He was transferred soon to Manchester United for a £6.9 million deal. Forlan had a slow start at United in his first season in 2002 but was impressive in his second season. In his two years at United, he made 63 appearances and scored ten goals. Villarreal signed him in 2004, where he proved himself. He made 106 appearances and scored 54 goals.
He gained an astounding amount of following since, and Atletico Madrid came calling for him. Atletico signed him for £21 million in 2007. He scored 74 goals in 136 appearances over five years in the Spanish club. Forlan helped them with a Europa League title in 2009.
A consistent downgrading form led him for a move to Inter Milan in 2011 for a minimal £5 million fee. Then came in a spree of transfers, he enjoyed spells at Internacional, Cerezo, Osaka, Penarol, Mumbai City and Kitchee in the latter stages of his career.