Atlético striker Diego Forlán picked up his World Cup Golden Ball in Germany on Tuesday, ahead of his side’s Europa League clash against Bayer Leverkusen.
Forlán electrified world-wide audiences with his inspired performances while leading his Uruguayan national team to an unexpected fourth place finish in South Africa this past summer.
The 31-year old, who scored five goals in the competition, edged out World Cup runner-up Wesley Sneijder and champion David Villa for the most important individual honour of the tournament.
Also awarded at the ceremony along with our Uruguayan superstar were Germany’s Thomas Müller and Spain’s Iker Casillas.
The German won the Adidas Golden Boot having netted five goals of his own, while having provided three assists. The 21-year old Müller also won the cup’s Best Young Player prize.
World champion goalkeeper Casillas, who only allowed two goals throughout the entire cup, was presented with his Golden Gloves award as the tournament’s best keeper.
“I’m happy to have won this award and even happier to have received it alongside this select group of footballers,” said Forlán. “When I was at the World Cup I couldn’t even imagine winning this award. I’m very happy with the role that my national team played.”
Diego then offered up his new hardware to the citizens of his native Uruguay, and to the loyal visitors of AtléticoFans.com.
“I’d like to dedicate it to the people of my country and to the Atlético Madrid fans who have always supported me.”