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Uruguay's most dangerous attacking player, Forlan will play in his second World Cup in South Africa. His scoring ability, flair and pace make him one of the premier forwards in the world. His career started in 1998 with Argentina's Independiente, where he scored 37 goals in 80 games before a lucrative transfer to England's Manchester United in January 2002. Forlan struggled at times with United, scoring 10 goals in 63 games over three seasons and signed with Villarreal in Spain's La Liga. The move suited him well and Forlan regained his scoring form with 54 goals in 106 games, while tying Arsenal's Thierry Henry for the European Golden Boot with 25 goals in 2004-05. His superb form also helped Villarreal to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League in 2005-06. Re-establishing himself as a premier goal-scorer turned Forlan into a transfer target for Atletico Madrid, which purchased him for 21 million Euros in June 2007. He's continued his strong play for Atletico, scoring 66 goals in 102 games while winning Europe's Golden Boot again in 2008-09 with 32 goals. Forlan could be Uruguay's biggest key to reaching the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time since 1990. He was a member of the 2002 World Cup team, scoring once. He also helped Uruguay return to the quadrennial tournament by scoring seven goals in qualifying.
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