Diego Forlan has retired from football.

According to Goal.com at the age of 40 Forlan has decided to call it a day.

In a career that has literally taken him all over the world.

His professional career began at Independiente of Argentina. Some displays of formidable potential earned him the move to Manchester United. There he won a league title and an FA Cup.

He then ventured on to La Liga. He played for both Villareal and Atletico Madrid in Spain.

His strike rate there was quite amazing, scoring 128 goals in 240 league games between the two clubs. He also added the Europa League to his trophy hall at Madrid.

His best spell came when he managed 32 league goals in 33 appearances for Atletico, in a season that saw him beat both Samuel Eto’o and David Villa to the crown of leading scorer in the league.

His journey also included a stint in Italy at Inter.

He then left Europe for the outreaches of the football world. Enjoying brief spells with Cerezo Osaka, Penarol, Mumbai City and Kitchee.

Kitchee of Hong Kong was to be his last port of call. He has not actually played in over a year now.

Forlan said in a statement:

“It hasn’t been easy, I didn’t want the time to come, but I knew it was going to come.”

“I have decided to stop playing football professionally.”

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Diego Forlan also had an exceptional international career with Uruguay.

He scored 36 goals in 112 appearances for his nation.

On the international scene, he also scooped the Golden Ball at the  2010 World Cup as Uruguay finished fourth. His crowning glory came in 2011. Uruguay won the Copa America.

Former international teammate Barcelona’s Luis Suarez said of Forlan:

“Historic for Uruguayan football.”

“Grateful for all the unforgettable moments you made all for Uruguayans.”

“Both in the national team and in all the teams you played”

“It was a dream to have played with one of my idols. You will always be a legend in Uruguay. A lot of success in your new challenges, friend.”

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