Ex- Man United & Atletico Madrid striker,Diego Forlan announces retirement

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Diego Forlan

Ex- Man United and Atletico Madrid forward Diego Forlan has brought his professional football career to end at 40 after he first retired from international football in 2015.

Forlan who played 112 times for Uruguay, also played for Villarreal and Inter Milan, and lastly for Hong Kong side Kitchee in 2018.

While at Old Trafford, he won the Premier League in 2003 and the Europa League with the Spanish La Liga side, Atletico Madrid in 2009.

Diego Forlan won the Europa League with the Spanish La Liga side, Atletico Madrid in 2009

“It hasn’t been easy, I didn’t want the time to come, but I knew it was going to come,” Forlan said.

Forlan’s former Uruguay team-mate Luis Suarez posted a tribute to him on social media.

“Historic for Uruguayan football. Grateful for all the unforgettable moments you made all Uruguayans live, both in the national team and in all the teams you played,” said the¬†Barcelona forward.

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“I will always be grateful for what you taught me, both on and off the field. A dream to have played with one of my idols. You will always be a legend in Uruguay.”

Forlan ensured his name would be etched into the memory of Manchester United fans in December 2002 when he scored twice against Liverpool at Anfield.

He netted in the 64th and 67th minutes – the first courtesy of a howler by home keeper Jerzy Dudek – to secure a 2-1 win over United’s Premier League rivals.

Forlan removes his shirt after scoring for United against Southampton – but then struggled to get it back on

Diego Forlan may well be best remembered for celebrating – rather than scoring – a goal for United.

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Coming on as a 79th-minute substitute, the then 23-year-old smashed in a brilliant shot to seal victory over Southampton in November 2002.

He ripped off his shirt in celebration – but was unable to put it back on before the game restarted and played on topless, even making a tackle.

With Uruguay, Diego Forlan was a Copa America champion in 2011, while he also won the Golden Ball – awarded to the tournament’s best player – at the 2010 World Cup as they finished fourth.

Diego Forlan won the Golden Ball
                 Diego Forlan won the Golden Ball as best player during 2010 World Cup

He is Uruguay’s third-highest goalscorer netting 36 times in 112 caps behind Suarez and Paris St-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.

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