Diego Forlan announces retirement


A small country Uruguay has produced a big number of top quality players and Diego Forlan definitely belongs to this category. One of the greatest Uruguayan strikers in the 21st century announced he will retire from professional football. 

40-year-old former Manchester United player last played for Hong Kong side Kitchee, with his last game coming in May. 

"It hasn't been easy, I didn't want the time to come, but I knew it was going to come," Forlan told Telemundo. 

"I have decided to stop playing football professionally."

Forlan began his career in Penarol but he didn't stay for a long in the club as he left one year later for rivals Danubio, before joining Argentinian side Independiente in 1994. 

Sir Alex Ferguson was highly interested in the services of the prospective player, after his scouting team brought the reports from South American leagues. 37 goals in 80 games were enough for United manager to pull the trigger and bring the perspective forward into his team. Though, the game style in England Premier League didn't suit perfectly to Forlan, who scored just 10 in 63 appearances. 

He decided to leave to Villareal after two seasons in Manchester, and the real boom happened. Spanish Primera was the ideal environment for Forlan to show his talent - 128 goals scored in 240 games for Villareal and Atletico Madrid combined. 

The elegance while running with the ball, great technique and a beautifully designed placed shots are just some of Forlan's game descriptions. It was a real joy to watch the striker on the pitch.

Since leaving Atletico he played for Inter Milan, Internacional, Cerezo Osaka, Penarol and Mumbai City before his last club Kitchee. In the international shirt for his country, Forlan scored 36 goals in 112 caps. 


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