World Cup Spotlight – Diego Forlan

Diego Forlan is the captain of the Uruguayan soccer team. The star was born into a footballing family; Diego’s father Pablo played for Uruguay in the 1966 and 74 World Cups and his grandfather was a player in Argentina.

The youngest Forlan player began his career in 1998 on the same team as his grandfather, Argentina’s Independiente. After playing four years for the team that coached him through his youth career, Forlan moved to Manchester United in 2002. After two years in the Premier League he signed to Villarreal, another Spanish La Liga team.

There, he flourished in ways he could not on Man United. He won the Pichichi Trophy, awarded each year to the Spanish player who scores the most goals in the league. He scored 25. In the 2004-05 season he shared the European Golden Boot Title with French player Thierry Henry, who plays for Barcelona. Forlan played three seasons with Villarreal before moving to Atletico Madrid, where he plays today.

For the 2008-09 season, his second with Madrid, Forlan was awarded his second Pichichi Trophy, the first player to win two trophies since Ronaldo in the 2003-2004 season. For his second La Liga Pichichi Trophy, he scored 32 goals in 33 matches. He also received the European Golden Boot that season.

Playing for his country he scored 28 goals in the 2002 and 2010 World Cups. The 31 year old was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. To date he has scored 4 goals in South Africa; twice against the host nation, once against Ghana, and once against the Netherlands.

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