In honor of one of the great Uruguayan strikers of all time, here’s a top five of the footballer’s finest goal-scoring moments
5. Diego Forlán vs. Ecuador – July 10th, 2004 (Copa América)
In his first Copa América for Uruguay in 2004, Diego Forlán immediately made a name for himself with a wonderful strike from outside the box in the second group game vs. Ecuador. His goal helped Uruguay progress to the quarter-finals, wherein La Celeste beat Paraguay before being knocked out by Brazil in the semi-finals a few days later.
4. Diego Forlán vs. Holland – July 5th, 2010 (World Cup)
With his team trailing in the 2010 World Cup semi-finals, Forlán stepped up and delivered with a long shot that was too hot to handle for Holland goalie Maarten Stekelenburg. Eventually, the Dutch proved to be too strong and secured their spot in the final with a 3-2 win.
3. Diego Forlán vs. South Africa – June 16th, 2010 (World Cup)
After drawing their first game vs. France, Uruguay went into the second group game at the 2010 World Cup looking for a win. Forlán guided his country to their first World Cup win in twenty years with a brace which included a wonderful hit from distance.
2. Diego Forlán vs. Ghana – July 2nd, 2010 (World Cup)
In what was one of the craziest games at the 2010 World Cup, Uruguay won on penalties and left Ghana in tears to advance to the semi-finals. A certain Luis Suárez was involved but we are not going to that touch that topic. Instead, we will focus on Forlán who scored a terrific free-kick in the same game.
1. Diego Forlán vs. Germany – July 10th, 2010 (World Cup)
The third-place game is probably the most uninteresting game of any World Cup but in 2010, Germany and Uruguay managed to make it a quite enjoyable clash. Germany eventually emerged victorious with a 3-2 scoreline. The moment of the game, however, was without any doubt Forlán’s stunning volley.