Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan, who is now 35 years old, has retired from international duty with Uruguay.
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The ex-Manchester United and Atletico Madrid striker is currently playing for Cerezo Osaka in Japan.
“I feel good physically, as in previous years, but my retirement from the Uruguayan national team is related to a desire to spend more time with my family” said Forlan during a press conference held in Japan.
The player, who was part of the Uruguayan team that came fourth in the 2010 World Cup, added a statement on his personal website that read “My retirement is a personal decision, I think is time for the young players to play in the upcoming Copa America in Chile and the World Cup in Russia”.
Diego Forlan played in 112 games with his national team and scored 36 goals. In his ten World Cup games he scored six goals and was awarded the Ballon d’Or in the 2010 tournament in South Africa.