Forlan, a Celeste legend says farewell

Diego Forlan has announced his retirement

We pay tribute to the extraordinary Charrua's career

It hasn't been easy, I didn't want the time to come, but I knew it was coming. I have decided to stop playing professionally. I dreamed of being a player and I have no words to describe these 21 years. It was so much more than what I dreamed as a child.

Diego Forlan's retirement announcement

Forlan's club career

Danubio 🇺🇾, Peñarol 🇺🇾, Independiente de Avellaneda 🇦🇷, Manchester United 🇬🇧, Villarreal 🇪🇸, Atletico Madrid 🇪🇸, Inter Milan 🇮🇹, Sport Club Internacional 🇧🇷, Cerezo Osaka 🇯🇵, Mumbai City 🇮🇳, Kitchee SC 🇭🇰

🏆 Just some awards…

  • Premier League, Community Shield, FA Cup with Manchester United
  • Europa League, UEFA Super Cup with Atletico Madrid
  • La Liga top scorer (2005, 2009)
  • UEFA Golden Boot (2005, 2009)
  • And much more 🏅

Forlan with URUGUAY 🇺🇾

  • 112 matches, 36 goals ⚽️
  • Copa America winner in 2011 🏆
  • adidas Golden Ball at South Africa 2010
  • Retired from La Celeste in 2015

Forlan at the FIFA World Cup

  • Korea/Japan 2002: 1 match, 1 goal
  • South Africa 2010: 7 matches, 5 goals
  • Brazil 2014: 2 matches, 0 goals

Did you know?

  • His father, Pablo, played for Sao Paulo (1970–1975) and Uruguay in the FWC (1966 & 1974)
  • His maternal grandfather, Juan Carlos Corazzo, played for Independiente and coached Uruguay at Chile 1962
  • His nickname, Cachavacha, comes from his resemblance to the witch from the Argentinian comic Las Aventuras de Hijitus

Diego Forlan is a FIFA Legend and was an ambassador for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, which took place in Uruguay in 2018.

"On and off the pitch, playing with one of my idols was a dream come true. You will always be a legend in Uruguay. All the best in your new challenges, my friend."

Luis Suarez, Uruguay team-mate

What was your favourite moment from Forlan's career?