Diego Forlan Corazo, professionally known by the name Diego Forlan is an Uruguayan former professional football player. He played as a forward for several clubs. He played for Penarol and Danubio in Uruguay, Independiente in Argentina, Manchester United in England, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid in Spain, Internacional in Brazil, Cerezo Osaka in Japan, Mumbai City in India, and Kitchee in Hong Kong. He represented Uruguay national team between 2002 and 2015 and scored 36 goals in 112 caps. He retired from professional football in August 2019.
What is Diego Forlan Famous For?
- Prolific Uruguayan goalscorer.
- Golden Ball winner at 2010 FIFA World Cup.
- 2011 Copa America winner.
Where was Diego Forlan Born?
Diego Forlan was born on 19 May 1979. His birth name is Diego Forlan Corazo. His birth place is in Montevideo in Uruguay. He holds American nationality. He was born to a father, Pablo Forlan. He has a sister, Alejandra.
He started his youth career from Uruguayan club Penarol in 1990 and later joined another Uruguayan club Danubio in 1991.
He joined the youth system of the Argentine club Independiente in 1994.
Manager Laszlo Boloni brought him to France to give trial at AS Nancy but the club did not sign him.
He made his professional debut from Independiente in 1998.
He scored 40 goals for the club in 91 appearances in all competitions.
Premier League club Middlesbrough and Independiente agreed a 6.9 million pounds deal for Forlan in January 2002. Middlesbrough would pay the transfer fee over 18 installments.
Forlan traveled to England to finalize his deal. However, Manchester United offered the same fee in the single payment. Forlan signed with Manchester United in the same month.
During his stint at Manchester United, he scored 17 goals for Manchester United in 98 appearances in all competitions.
He played in only one game during the 2004-05 season.
Premier League: 2002–03
FA Cup: 2003–04
FA Community Shield: 2003
He signed with Spanish club Villarreal in August 2004.
He helped Villarreal to finish third in the 2004-05 season and qualify for the Champions League for the first time.
During his three-season stint at Villareal, he scored 59 goals in 128 appearances for Villarreal in all competitions.
UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2004
He signed with Spanish club Atletico Madrid for 21 million Euro in June 2007.
He spent 3 seasons at Atletico Madrid and scored 96 goals in all competitions.
UEFA Europa League: 2009–10
UEFA Super Cup: 2010
He was linked with moves to Real Madrid, Besiktas, and Seattle Sounders. He joined Italian club Inter Milan for an undisclosed fee in August 2011.
He scored only 2 goals in 22 appearances in his first season at Inter Milan.
The club released him following his poor performance at the club.
He signed a 3-year deal with Brazilian club Internacional in July 2012.
In his 2 seasons at the club, he scored 22 goals in 55 appearances in all competitions.
Campeonato Gaúcho: 2013
He signed an 18 month deal with Japanese J1 League club Cerezo Osaka in January 2014.
The club relegated to J2 League in his first season at the club.
He scored 19 goals in all competitions during his 2 season stint at the club.
In July 2015, he returned to Uruguay and signed an 18-month deal with Penarol, his boyhood club.
He scored 8 goals in 31 appearances in his only season at the club.
Primera División: 2015–16
He signed a 3-month deal with Indian Super League club Mumbai City in August 2016.
He led the club first-place finish in the league. Mumbai lost to ATK in the semi-final, where he received a red card in the second half.
He signed with Hong Kong Premier League club Kitchee in January 2018.
He played his final match with the club in May 2018.
He retired from professional football on 7 August 2019.
Hong Kong Premier League: 2017–18
Forlan represented Uruguay national team between 2002 and 2014.
He scored 36 goals for his country before retiring from international football in 2015.
He became Uruguay’s all-time leading top scorer in 2011 until Luis Suarez overtook him in 2013.
He is the first Uruguayan to win 100 caps.
He made his debut for Uruguay national team in a 3-2 friendly defeat against Saudi Arabia in March 2002. He scored his first international goal in his debut game.
He represented Uruguay at 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2004 Copa America, and 2007 Copa America.
He led Uruguay to the semi-final at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Forlan won the Golden Ball and was the joint top scorer at the World Cup with 5 goals.
His volley goal against Germany was selected as the Goal of the Tournament by FIFA.
He helped Uruguay to win 2011 Copa America defeating Paraguay in the final.
He later represented Uruguay at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He announced his retirement from international football on 11 March 2015.
Copa América: 2011
FIFA World Cup fourth place: 2010
FIFA Confederations Cup fourth place: 2013
European Golden Shoe: 2004–05 ( jointly shared with Thierry Henry), 2008–09
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2010
FIFA World Cup Top Scorer: 2010 ( Jointly shared with Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa)
FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2010
FIFA World Cup Goal of the Tournament: 2010 (vs Germany)
Pichichi Trophy: 2004–05, 2008–09
Trofeo EFE: 2004–05
UEFA Europa League Final Man of The Match: 2010
Campeonato Gaúcho Top Scorer: 2013
Who is Diego Forlan Married to?
Diego is a married man. He is married to Paz Cardoso. The couple got married in 2013. The couple has 3 children together, Martin, Luz, and Cesar.
He was previously engaged to Argentine model/actress Zaira Nara. They announced their engagement in March 2011 but ended their engagement in June in the same year.
How tall is Diego Forlan?
Diego Forlan stands at a height of 1.8 m i.e. 5 feet and 11 inches tall. He has a body weight of 75 kg. He has an athletic body build.
What is Diego Forlan Net Worth?
Diego Forlan earned from his professional football career. During his active football career, he played for several clubs across the globe. He has played in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Spain, England, Japan, India, and Hong Kong. His net worth is estimated at $27 million.
Did You Know?
- He was born into a family of footballers.
- His sister’s paralysis suffered from a car accident inspired him to play football.
- He appeared alongside Argentine footballer Maxi Rodriguez in a music video for Coti in 2009.
- His goal against Southampton in November 2002 became popular when he ripped off his jersey while celebrating after scoring the winning goal and later made a blocked tackle while shirtless.
- Manchester United supporters sing Forlan’s name “He came from Uruguay, he made the Scousers cry” in tribute to the two goals he scored against Liverpool.