Forlan proves his class on greatest stage

The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ has shown what a quality player Diego Forlan is, proving many doubters in England wrong.

Wherever Forlan has played he has scored lots of goals, except the biggest club he has played for in Manchester United. Forlan is from a family of football players, his dad represented Uruguay at the 1966 and 1974 FIFA World Cups. His grandad played for the Argentinian side Independiente, which is where Diego started his professional career after moving through the ranks from the youth team.

It was his sensational scoring record at the Argentinian club which led to his big money move to Old Trafford. Forlan made 80 appearances for Independiente, scoring 37 goals in the process, and United paid £6.9m for the Uruguayan and expected a return on their money. But Forlan had a horrible experience in England, becoming known as 'Diego Forlorn'.

He made his debut in January 2002 but did not score his first goal for the club until September of the same year. However, in his time in England he did score some important goals for United, including a winner against Chelsea and two goals to see off Liverpool. But overall in his time in Manchester Forlan only managed to score 10 goals in 63 appearances.

In August 2004 Diego Forlan got a move away from the Premier League and has not looked back since. In his first season at the club Forlan scored 25 goals, making him the top scorer in the Spanish league and winning him the Pichichi. He also jointly won the European Golden Boot with Thierry Henry. His goals helped Villarreal qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time.

In the following two seasons Forlan continued to score goals. After the sale of Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid to Liverpool, Forlan was heavily linked with the Madrid side. He left Villarreal after three seasons with the club which saw him score 54 goals in 106 games. Forlan continued his terrific record in Spain, 32 goals in 33 appearances for Atletico winning the Pichichi for the second time, the first person to do so since the great Ronaldo. He also won the European Golden Boot for the second time.

Forlan showed two English clubs just what the Premier League had missed out on by helping his new club beat Liverpool and Fulham in the semi-final and final of the UEFA Europa League. His two goals over the two legs helped knock Liverpool out in the semi-final. He then scored two against Fulham in the Europa League final.

Forlan has put his doubters to rest with 66 goals in 102 appearances since joining the capital club. He is also an accomplished marksman on the international stage and the FIFA World Cup in South Africa has shown that he can perform on the biggest stages.

He scored five goals in seven games on his way to winning the Golden Ball as player of the tournament and taking his team much further than anyone expected with an appearance in the semi-finals. Most importantly he has shown his critics in England what a great player he is.