The tormentor of English clubs in Europe this season, Forlan is a proven match-winner and the most experienced member of the Uruguay squad. The 31-year-old former Manchester United striker is a two-time European Golden Boot winner and has scored 66 La Liga goals in 102 outings for Atletico Madrid.
He inspired the Spanish club to the Europa League in May, scoring home and away against Liverpool in the semi and netting both goals against Fulham in the final.
Forlan will be travelling to his second World Cup, having also played and scored in his only previous appearance, at the 2002 finals. He is the grandson of Uruguay's 1962 World Cup coach Juan Carlos Corazo and the son of Pablo Forlan, who played in Uruguay’s defence at the 1974 finals.
Forlan was a promising tennis player in his youth, but opted to concentrate on football, making his professional debut with Independiente in 1998 before moving to Manchester United in 2002.
His two seasons at Old Trafford were remarkable only for the length of time it took for him to score his first goal for the club - 27 games and eight months after his debut.
He was sold to Villarreal in 2004 and was an immediate success, finishing the season as La Liga's top scorer and winning the Golden Boot award. In 2007 he joined Atletico and won the La Liga and European top scorer awards for a second time in 2008/09.
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