11 March 2015 – Forlán retires from Uruguayan national team

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In 2002, Diego Forlán donned the sky-blue jersey of the Uruguayan national football team, popularly known as “la Celeste”, for the first time. Now, 13 years later, that chapter in the life of the 35-year-old player has officially come to an end. “It was a very difficult decision, but I think the time has come to make way for a new generation,” Forlán announced at a press conference in Japan. For the moment, Forlán is still playing for the Japanese club Cerezo Osaka, but experts are already predicting the end of his career in the summer. With appearances in 111 games and 36 goals for the Uruguayan team, the 1.80-metre striker has become a national hero. The high point of his career with la Celeste was during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where Uruguay achieved a surprising fourth-place finish and Forlán was recognised with the “Golden Ball” award as the most outstanding player in the tournament.

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