Former United man the fittest person heading to the World Cup?

Cristiano Ronaldo Up Against Diego Forlan

Former Old Trafford man is travelling to his third World Cup, and is in as good a shape as ever

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has shed some light on his brutal training regime, as he prepares to compete at his third World Cup for Uruguay.

At 35-years-old Forlan will most likely be competing in his final national tournament, but has been working harder than ever to maintain fitness that will see him selected against the likes of England this month.

Forlan now plays his club football for Japanese side Cerezo Osaka, a career swansong perhaps, but the striker has still been banging in the goals that have seen him selected for the biggest football competition in the world.

His age now means he must do extra work to get into the plans of national coach Óscar Tabárez, with fitness being a key issue.

“As well as training with the squad, I also train alone,” Forlan said in his monthly FourFourTwo column.

“In the 30 days at Atletico Madrid when we won the 2010 Europa League and reached the Copa del Rey final, the squad had 26 training sessions; I had 60.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once told me I train harder than any player he’s played with. I did the same at the 2010 World Cup.

“Few knew I was doing it, but the extra training helped me win the Golden Ball in South Africa.”

Forlan was named player of the tournament at the 2010 World Cup, and was joint top-scorer with five goals in the tournament.

He is still a key part of Uruguay’s squad, and is set to feature from the start against England should Liverpool striker Luis Suarez fail to recover from injury for the game.

A player who prides himself on fitness levels, England must also be wary of his supreme endurance levels were he to come off the bench for Uruguay on June 19.

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