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Diego Forlán

Forlán in 2011
Personal information
Full nameDiego Forlán Corazo
Date of birth19 May 1979(age 37)
Place of birthMontevideo, Uruguay
Height1.75 m
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubInternazionale

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Diego Forlán Corazo (-esˈdjeɣo foɾˈlan; born 19 May 1979) is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a striker for Internazionale and the Uruguayan national team. He is a two-time winner of both the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe, and also received the Golden Ball as the best player at the 2010 World Cup.

Forlán was born into a family of footballers, his father Pablo having played for São Paulo (1970 1975) and Uruguay in the 1966 and 1974 World Cups and his maternal grandfather, Juan Carlos Corazo, for Independiente in Argentina.

Forlán joined Independiente himself after rising through their youth team, and after a successful four-year spell, he signed for Manchester United of England's Premier League. His form for United was not as successful as at Independiente, although he won the Premier League in 2003 and the FA Cup in 2004. In the Summer of 2004 he moved on to La Liga side Villarreal.

In his first season in Spanish football with Villarreal, Forlán scored 25 league goals and won the Pichichi Trophy. After two more successful seasons with Villarreal, Forlán joined Atlético Madrid, where he once again became the league's top scorer, and became the first player to win the Pichichi Trophy twice since Ronaldo achieved this feat in 2003 04. Forlán scored in the 2010 UEFA Cup Final to win it for Atletico, against Fulham. In 2011 he joined Internazionale of Italy's Serie A.

Forlán also has a successful international career, having scored 32 times for his country since his 2002 debut. He scored once at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. He was the joint top scorer by scoring five times at the 2010 World Cup, in which he scored twice against the host nation South Africa, once against Ghana in the quarter-finals, once against the Netherlands in the semi-finals and once against Germany in the third place play-off. Despite scoring five goals, Forlan was beaten to the Golden Boot by Thomas Müller of Germany, as he also had 3 assists. David Villa of Spain won the Silver Boot. Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands won the Bronze Boot. Forlán was however recognized with the Golden Ball award, given to the best player at the tournament.

On 12 July 2011, at the 2011 Copa America in Argentina, he earnt his 79th Uruguayan cap, against Mexico, breaking the record held by former goalkeeper Rodolfo Rodriguez since 1986. Forlan is Currently Uruguay's leading top scorer at international level.

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