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Forlan first moved to La Liga in 2005 after joining Villarreal from Manchester United. He scored 25 goals in his debut season and earned a move to Atletico in 2008.
What followed was an incredible debut campaign which saw him outscore Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o and fire Atletico into the Champions League, while picking up the Pichichi and European Golden Shoe.
The Uruguayan international forged a formidable partnership with a young Sergio Aguero and excelled.
Seven goals in his last four games helped seal European football as well as his place above Eto'o in the scoring charts.
Forlan's prowess came a year before Lionel Messi truly hit his stride and before Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Real Madrid. He and Luis Suarez remain the only other Pichichi winners aside from Messi & Ronaldo since 2008.
Atletico are known for having world class attackers and fans believe Forlan at his peak could've been the best of all.
One fan said: "The best left foot of the game from a right-footed player."
From 1980, Diego Forlan is the only player to be top scorer of La Liga :flag_es: playing for 2 different clubs other than Barcelona and Real Madrid. pic.twitter.com/gvLoESZoTR- Uruguay Football ENG (@UruguayFootENG) February 20, 2021
Diego Forlán's 2008-09 LaLiga season by numbers for Atlético Madrid:- Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 24, 2020
◉ 33 games
◉ 32 goals scored
◉ 88 mins per goal
He turned 30 that season and won the World Cup Golden Ball a year later. :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/KN8ZXRodQR
Another added: "I don't think I have seen anyone as good at long range shots with both feet."
While a third stated: "He was a legendary striker for us."
Uruguay came fourth in the tournament and Forlan netted five goals en route to winning the Golden Ball award.
It was all done playing with the Jabulani, a ball which fans and professionals alike criticised for poor design.
Forlan was just inches away from adding the top scorer award to his best player award too, when he hit the crossbar from a free kick late in the third place play-off against Germany.
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