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Diego Forlan's 08/09 Season Was Incredibly Underrated, He Became The World's Greatest Striker

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Diego Forlan's 08/09 Season Was Incredibly Underrated, He Became The World's Greatest Striker

Diego Forlan scoring 32 goals in 33 La Liga games for Atletico Madrid deserves to go down as one of the best individual seasons ever.

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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.

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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.

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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."


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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."

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Uruguay came fourth in the tournament and Forlan netted five goals en route to winning the Golden Ball award.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

It was all done playing with the Jabulani, a ball which fans and professionals alike criticised for poor design.

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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.

Featured Image Credit: La Liga

Topics: Football, Atletico Madrid, Diego Forlan, Spain

Daniel Marland
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