Diego Forlán retires following 21-year playing career

Diego Forlán ended his career with a spell at Kitchee SC in Hong Kong

Diego Forlán has announced his immediate retirement from football. The former Uruguay striker is hanging up his boots after 21 years in the game.

Forlán has played for a number of clubs in his career but is perhaps best known for his time with Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Internazionale, respectively.

The Uruguayan’s spell at United was not his most prolific, scoring only 17 times in 98 appearances. However, his stock rose significantly after moving to Spain where he netted 54 times in 106 league appearances for Villarreal and 74 times in 134 for Atletico Madrid.

Forlán announced his retirement on Twitter, writing: “After 21 years I made the decision to end my career as a professional footballer. A beautiful stage closes full of great memories and emotions but another of new challenges will begin. Thanks to all who in one way or another accompanied me on this path!”

Diego Forlán was name the tournament’s best player at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

Forlán is widely considered to be one of the best Uruguayan players of all time. His club accolades include twice winning La Liga’s Pichichi Trophy for scoring the most league goals in a season as well as the European Golden Boot.

The Uruguayan also received significant praise for his performances at the 2010 World Cup where he finished joint top scorer with five goals, was awarded goal of the tournament and crowned the tournament’s best player.

“What I lived in these 21 years … I have no words. I never imagined. It is much, much, much more than what I dreamed as a child,” Forlán told Uruguayan TV. “It would have been nice to close my career in Peñarol, but it did not happen, the negotiations did not come to fruition. I would have loved it.”

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