Now playing for Cerzeo Osaka, ForlÃ¡n is an experienced and talented Uruguayan striker, who has played at top clubs in Argentina, England, Spain, Italy and Japan. He began his career at Independiante aged 19, where he broke through as a promising forward with 33 goals between 2000 and 2002. A move to Europe beckoned, with Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United purchasing him for £7.5 million in 2002. Wearing number 21, he struggled in three years in England scoring only 17 times for the Red Devils. He won one league title and one FA Cup with Manchester, but decided to move to Villarreal in 2004.
He made an instant impact in Spain, scoring the most goals in La Liga with 25 in his first season. The following year, Forlán led the team to a semi-final in the Champions League as he continued to score domestically. Forlán played for Villarreal for three years, scoring 59 goals before moving to the capital and Atlético Madrid in 2007. Forlán kept scoring in Spain, with 35 of his 96 goals for Madrid coming in the 2008-2009 season. At the start of 2011, Forlán moved to Internazionale in Italy following the departure of Samuel EtoÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢o, taking up the vacant number 9 shirt.
Forlán is a talismanic player for his country also. He has represented Uruguay more times than anyone else and is the top goal scorer for the country (with 32 goals). Highlights of his international career include being Player of the Tournament with 5 goals at the FIFA 2010 World Cup as Uruguay finished fourth ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ and winning the Copa América in 2011.
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