Manchester United flop Diego Forlan continues Japan swansong with hat-trick

Diego Forlan

Diego Forlan proved himself a prolific goalscorer in the years since his failed spell in the Premier League and is now flying for Cerezo Osaka in Japan.

A return of 10 goals in 63 Premier League outings may have seen Diego Forlan forever filed under ‘flop’ by Manchester United fans, but the decade that has followed his Old Trafford spell has been kind to the Uruguayan.

Impressive in spells with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid in Spain, Forlan twice captured the Pichichi Trophy as the top scorer in La Liga, as well as the European Golden Shoe for the most league goals on the continent in both campaigns.

His finest hour would come at the 2010 World Cup, where the Uruguayan’s goals helped the national team to a fourth place finish with the ex-Manchester United man also earning the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.

A year later he would celebrate more success with Uruguay, helping the national side to the 2011 Copa America in Argentina.

Now 35, Forlan is in the twilight years of his career with Japanese side Cerezo Osaka, following a solid spell in Brazil with Internacional.

In his second season with the Asian club, Forlan endured a miserable debut campaign where a return of nine goals in 33 outings could do little to prevent his team from being relegated to the J League Division 2.

But Forlan, to his credit, has stayed put, keen to prove the doubters wrong again.

The Uruguayan is certainly doing that, with nine goals in his first nine appearances this term.

That tally includes an impressive hat-trick – his first for the club – against Kyoto Sanga.

Take a look at that fine three-goal haul right here.

He may never shake off his Manchester United flop tag but as long as he continues to score goals, Forlan will remain a fan favourite.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch