Former Uruguayan striker Diego Forlán announces his retirement

Former Uruguay striker Diego Forlán He has announced his retirement, ending a 21-year career in which he played club football on three different continents.

Forlán, who began his career in South America with the Argentine club Independiente, played for the main European teams such as Manchester United, Villarreal, Atlético de Madrid and Inter de Milan before finishing his career in Asia.

Forlan, 40, also played a decisive role in Uruguay's race to the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup, where he received the Golden Ball for the best player in the tournament and finished as one of the top scorers of the tournament with five goals .

After 21 years, I made the decision to end my career as a professional footballer, Forlan said in a statement.

A beautiful scenario closes full of great memories and emotions, but another of new challenges will begin. Thanks to all who in one way or another accompanied me on this path!

Forlán won the Premier league and FA Cup with United before moving to Spain, where he helped Atlético win the Europa League in 2010 with a double in the final against Fulham.

He also led Uruguay to the Copa América title in 2011, scoring another two goals in a final, when they beat Paraguay 3-0.

After a short stint in the Indian Super League with Mumbai City in 2016, he last played for Hong Kong Premier league side Kitchee Sports Club last year, wrapping up a career where he scored over 250 goals for club and country.