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Getting to know Diego Forlan, Mumbai City FC’s marquee player

Sivaramakrishnan S

Diego Forlan, a proven leader

MCFC has signed Diego Forlan as the marquee player for this edition of Indian Super League. He has had a successful career in football, both in international as well as club careers. The previous marquee player for Mumbai was Nicolas Anelka and he did a shoddy job by all standards. Diego Forlan, a proven leader is definitely a significant upgrade for MCFC and has the calibre to make Mumbai City, the ISL winners.

International Career:

Forlan represented Uruguay and has made 112 appearances and has scored 36 goals. He  is Uruguay’s second all-time most-capped player

Also Read: Players who will define Mumbai City FC’s success in ISL

Club career:

Forlan has had a diverse experience with spells in Argentina, England, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Uruguay and now India.


Club, Apps, Goals

Independiente, 91, 40

Manchester United, 98, 17

Villarreal, 128, 59

Atlético Madrid, 196, 96

Inter Milan, 20, 2

Internacional, 55, 22

Cerezo Osaka, 45, 19

Career Total, 638, 255


Awards and honours:

Diego Forlan has earned various honours and accolades throughout his career.

His trophy cabinet at home boasts of winner medals of some of the most prestigious trophies such as Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Europa Cup, Copa America 2011 etc.

He also has won a lot of individual awards. A few significant ones include European Golden Shoe (twice), World Cup Golden Ball 2010, FIFA World Cup Dream Team, FIFA World Cup Top Scorer, UEFA Europa League Final Man of The Match: 2010 etc.


Style of Play:

Diego Forlan is a creative player and can play as a lone forward, or supporting a forward. Forlan can also play in wings. He can play long balls as well as shoot accurately from a distance. Playing with both foot is one of his strengths. He has shown remarkable leadership skills throughout his career.


  • Holding on to the ball
  • Long shots
  • Passing
  • Direct free-kicks
  • Key passes


  • Defensive contribution
  • Aerial Duels

It will be interesting to watch Forlan exploit the defenses of other ISL teams with his vision for killer passes and finishing.

About the author

Sivaramakrishnan S

Sivaramakrishnan S

I love sports. I’m currently pursuing MBA and despite the rat race that’s going on around me, I still like watching test matches. I'm passionate about Chelsea and CSK.

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