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Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan announces retirement

Diego Forlan announces retirement from football
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The Uruguayan won the Golden Ball award at the 2010 World Cup.

Former Manchester United and Uruguay forward Diego Forlan has announced his retirement.

The 40-year-old, who also played for Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan, revealed his decision on Twitter.

He wrote: "After 21 years I made the decision to end my career as a professional footballer.

— Diego Forlan (@DiegoForlan7) August 7, 2019

"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 moved to Manchester United from Argentine side Independiente for £6.9million in January 2002.

Soccer – International Friendly – Republic of Ireland v Uruguay – Aviva Stadium
Forlan is Uruguay's third-highest goalscorer (Niall Carson/PA)

He had to wait until September to score his first goal, and went on to find the net 17 times in 98 appearances.

Although his time at Old Trafford was not exactly a roaring success, Forlan became a prolific goalscorer in LaLiga for both Villareal and Atletico.

He also scored 36 goals in 112 games for Uruguay, helping them to the Copa America title in 2011.

Forlan won the Golden Ball award for the best player at the 2010 World Cup – where Uruguay reached the semi-finals.

He wound down his career with boyhood club Penarol, Mumbai City and most recently Kitchee in Hong Kong.

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