The Uruguayan is a figure that will long be remembered at Old Trafford not for being prolific in front of goal, but for being a flamboyant and alluring character.
After the Red Devils highjacked Middlesbrough’s £6.9m deal for the Independiente striker in January 2002, it would take him a maddening 27 appearances to get on the scoresheet.
Entertainment would follow - nothing more amusing than the South American’s famously innovative shirtless defending against Southampton - Forlan going down as a cult figure in Manchester with his best years to come later in Spain.
Now in the twilight of his career, the 34-year-old’s latest adventure began in January as he signed up with Cerezo Osaka after having his contract with Brazilians Internacional terminated.
And Forlan hasn’t made his new club’s faithful wait quite as long as United supporters to see him get on the scoresheet, notching his first goal for the J. League outfit on Tuesday.
The strike, a curling effort into the top corner from a tight angle, came in Cerezo’s 4-0 AFC Champions League victory over Buriram United of Thailand on Forlan’s sixth appearance for his new employers.
Cerezo will hope a flurry of goals are set to follow for the one-time Pichichi Trophy winner, the domestic campaign just getting underway with only three games on the books.
“The fans wanted me to score more than anything and so I did,” Forlan commented on his debut strike.
“This is an important win - I hope I can continue scoring and making a contribution to the team.”
Watch Forlan's first goal for Cerezo Osaka below.