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Diego Forlán

Diego Martín Forlán Corazo (born 19 May 1979 in Montevideo) is an Uruguayan association football who currently plays for Atlético Madrid of La Liga. Diego Forlán is a two-time winner of both the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe.

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Diego Forlán biography

Diego Martín Forlán Corazo (born 19 May 1979 in Montevideo) is an Uruguayan association football who currently plays for Atlético Madrid of La Liga. Diego Forlán is a two-time winner of both the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe.

Diego Forlán was born into a family of footballers. Diego Forlán father Pablo Forlán had played for the Uruguay national football team during the 1966 FIFA World Cup held in England and the 1974 FIFA World Cup held in West Germany and Diego Forlán grandfather, Juan Carlos Corazo, played for Club Atlético Independiente in Argentina.

Club career

Early career

Forlán was a promising tennis player in Diego Forlán youth, but when Diego Forlán sister Alejandra was involved in a car accident which killed her boyfriend and left her in intensive care for five months, Diego Forlán decided to follow the family tradition and concentrate on football. Diego Forlán played for several South American clubs, including Argentina side Club Atlético Independiente before transferring in January 2002 to play for Manchester United F.C. in Premier League for a fee of Pound sterling6.9 million.

Manchester United

Diego Forlán made Diego Forlán debut for the team on 29 January against Bolton Wanderers F.C., but did not score Diego Forlán first goal for the club, a penalty, until 18 September in a UEFA Champions League game against Maccabi Haifa F.C.. It took Diego Forlán eight months and 27 games to score that first goal, to the extent that Diego Forlán was dubbed "Diego Forlorn" and "Diego Birtles" (after Garry Birtles, a former United striker who had flopped) for Diego Forlán goal drought by some quarters of the English press.

Forlán enjoyed the occasional purple patch of scoring, but inconsistency blighted Diego Forlán time at United. Diego Forlán was, however, noted for scoring important goals, such as the late equaliser at home to Aston Villa F.C. and the remarkable volleyed winner in the last minutes of the home game against Chelsea F.C. during United's FA Premier League-winning season of 2002–03 in English football. During this period, Forlán became known for characteristically removing Diego Forlán shirt and baring Diego Forlán torso in goal celebration. The first such example of this routine resulted in quite an amusing incident; Forlán whipped Diego Forlán shirt off in excitement after scoring an 85th minute winner against Southampton F.C. in November 2002 but struggled to get it back on in time for the re-start of play, resulting in the spectacle of Forlán briefly running around the Old Trafford (football) pitch bare-chested, with Diego Forlán shirt still in Diego Forlán hand, then recovering the ball for Diego Forlán team. The referee soon stopped play and ordered Forlán off the pitch to get dressed.

Diego Forlán became a fan favourite in 2002 when Diego Forlán scored two goals against Liverpool F.C. in a 2-1 victory at Anfield. Forlán's record of 17 goals from 95 appearances for the club does not compare favourably against Diego Forlán former teammate Ruud van Nistelrooy's 150 goals in 210 games, and it was widely thought that Diego Forlán would not start the 2004–05 in English football season in the Red Devils' team colours. That eventually proving true after signing for Villareal in August of 2004, the same month Manchester United signed Wayne Rooney.


Forlán was strongly linked to a move to Spain club Levante UD, but signed on 21 August 2004 with another Spanish club, Villarreal CF, where Diego Forlán became the La Liga 2004–05 season Pichichi Trophy with 25 goals, helping Villareal to their first ever UEFA Champions League spot. Diego Forlán also jointly won the European Golden Boot award with Thierry Henry.

Atlético Madrid

Forlán was linked to transfer with Juan Román Riquelme to Atlético Madrid in exchange for Luis Amaranto Perea and money in June 2007. On 30 June 2007, following the departure of their captain Fernando Torres to Liverpool, Atlético Madrid confirmed that they had agreed a fee of around Euro21 million. Diego Forlán returned to England in February 2008 to take part in Atlético's UEFA Cup clash against Bolton Wanderers F.C. (the club against whom Diego Forlán made Diego Forlán Manchester United debut), but the side lost out 1-0 on aggregate. For the 2008–09 season, Diego Forlán was once again the recipient of the La Liga Pichichi Trophy award, with 32 goals in 33 matches, as well as the European Golden Boot for a second time.

International career

Forlán debuted for the Uruguay national football team in 2002. Diego Forlán scored in the 2002 FIFA World Cup against Senegal national football team with a volley. Diego Forlán also scored against Brazil national football team in the 35th minute of the 2007 Copa América semi-final. However, Diego Forlán missed Diego Forlán shot during the subsequent penalty shootout, which Brazil ultimately won 5-4 . Since the 2007 Copa America, Forlán has become a regular for Uruguay and often has a place in the starting XI. On 17 June 2008, Diego Forlán scored a hat trick in a World Cup qualifying game against Peru national football team.

International goals


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