At 31, his chances to win something with his nation are certainly running out and the almost desperate way he applies himself in every game suggests he is battling the passage of time itself.His three 'Man of the Match' performances are testament to his dedication to the cause.Dani Alves has hit back at Diego Forlan after the Uruguayan branded him Neymar’s “b***h”.PSG have been marred by rumours of infighting after Neymar and Edinson Cavani argued over who should take free-kicks and penalties during a recent win over Lyon.This has certainly been Forlan's best year of his career, leading his club to European glory and his country to the last four of the World Cup.He now has the job of leading Uruguay to a potential third place finish in South Africa with victory over Germany in Port Elizabeth - if he can shake off the thigh injury which led to him being substituted in the semi-final against the Dutch.It took him eight months and 27 games to score his first goal and his woeful return led to sections of the British press dubbing him "Diego Forlorn." Despite winning the English title with Man United in the 2002/03 season, Forlan was sold to Villareal in 2004 with his reputation in tatters. However, an amazing rehabilitation took place during his first season in Spain.
Elsewhere, an unlikely hattrick hero inspired Brazil to an emphatic win over Uruguay that moved them closer to Russia 2018.
Forlan's form also led the Yellow Submarine into the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Forlan hits the heights with Atletico Madrid Forlan moved on to Atletico Madrid in 2007 to fill the striking vacancy created by local hero Fernando Torres's departure to Liverpool.
One player in particular will step off the plane in Montevideo with his reputation dramatically enhanced: Diego Forlan.
Forlan is more than Uruguay's playmaker, stand-in captain and best player. It may be a matter for debate but it could be argued that it was Forlan alone who inspired Uruguay to performances at the World Cup that other small nations could only dream of.() Uruguay are through to the World Cup semifinals, after Ghana lost out twice from the penalty spot.