Forlán was born into a family offootballers, his father Pablo having played for São Paulo FC (1970–1975) andUruguay in the 1966 and 1974 World Cups and his grandfather, Juan Carlos Corazo, for Independiente inArgentina. Forlánjoined Independiente after rising through their youth team, and after a successful four-year spell, he signed for Manchester United. Forlán's disappointing two-year stint in the Premier League saw himfail to achieve the form he held at Independiente, and he moved on to La Liga side Villarreal.
In his first season in Spanish football, Forlán scored 25 league goals and won the Pichichi Trophy. Aftertwo more successful seasons with Villarreal, Forlán joined Atlético Madrid, where he once again became the league's top scorer, and became the first player to win the Pichichi Trophy twicesince Ronaldo achieved this feat in 2003-04.
Forlán also has a successful international career, having scored 29 times for his country. He scored once at the2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, and five timesat the 2010 World Cup, in which he scored twiceagainst the host nation South Africa, once against Ghana in the quarter-finals, once against the Netherlands in the semi-finals and once against Germanyin the third place play-off. Despite scoring five goals, Forlan was beaten to the Golden Boot by Thomas Müller of Germany, as he also had 3 assists. David Villa of Spain won the Silver Boot. WesleySneijder of Holland won the Bronze Boot. Forlán was however recognized with the Golden Ball award, given to the best player at the tournament.
On 16 June 2010, during Uruguay's second group game...