Former Man. United and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan retires from football at 40


Former Manchester United striker, Diego Forlan has announced his retirement from football after 21 years as a professional.

Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM: Manchester United’s Diego Forlan celebrates after equalising against Fulham to make it 1 all during their Barclaycard Premiereship clash at Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain, 25 October 2003. AFP PHOTO PAUL BARKER (Photo credit should read PAUL BARKER/AFP/Getty Images)

The former Uruguayan professional footballer, 40, who also played for VillarrealAtletico Madrid and Inter Milan, revealed his decision on Twitter.


Diego Forlan, who last played for Kitchee in Hong Kong in 2018 wrote: ‘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!’

Forlan’s former Uruguay team-mate Luis Suarez posted a tribute to him on social media.

“Historic for Uruguayan football. Grateful for all the unforgettable moments you made all Uruguayans live, both in the national team and in all the teams you played,” said the Barcelona forward.

“I will always be grateful for what you taught me, both on and off the field. A dream to have played with one of my idols. You will always be a legend in Uruguay.”

Forlan, scored 36 goals in 112 games for Uruguay, helping them to the Copa America title in 2011. He won the Premier League in 2003 with United and the Europa League while at Spanish side Atletico in 2009.

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