Forlán official Ballon d’Or candidate

The Uruguayan is on the shortlist of nominees for the Golden Ball award

Diego Forlan candidate for golden ball

It’s not all bad news these days for our Cacha. Yesterday, FIFA and France Football magazine published the official list of 23 candidates for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award granted to the world’s best player in a given year, and Diego Forlán’s name was on it.

The winner of the award will be announced in Zurich 10 January 2011, though on 6 December 2010 FIFA and France Football will reveal the three finalists in Paris.

Forlán’s incredible Europa League run in early 2010 coupled with his phenomenal performance in the World Cup this past summer propelled him into the running for this exclusive accolade.

Our superstar striker has hit a bit of a rough patch lately, slumping to a nine-match dry spell after once again failing to find the back of the net in this past weekend’s loss at Villarreal.

Obviously, the 31-year old will want to get back on the goal-scoring path soon in order to remain in contention for this honour, though he will have to wait until Sunday’s clash against Almería at the Calderón as he was left off the Copa del Rey squad that will face Universidad Las Palmas later this evening.

In an exclusive interview with Spanish blog SportYou, Diego acknowledged his frustration with his recent dip in form and its possible implications to his Golden Ball campaign.

“I’m upset with the start of the season, considering that I am contending for the Golden Ball, it would have been helpful to have scored some goals.

“I am disappointed with myself,” he said.

The Uruguayan quickly dispelled rumours of bad blood between himself and boss Quique Sánchez Flores.

“The coach and I have never argued about anything,” he said.

“The manager is not on top of me trying to encourage me all the time just because I haven’t taken off yet, I’m older now, and I know what I have to do.”

The jeers at the Vicente Calderón from the most impatient Rojiblanco supporters have begun to trickle in when Forlán enters or leaves the pitch, but Cacha doesn’t seem bothered by them.

“The fans want goals and victories. I have no problem with them, nor with the team nor with the coach.

“The terms of my contract don’t state that I have to score goals, but my personal contract does.

“If I don’t score them, I am not pleased, but I don’t get desperate…they will come.”