Diego Forlan: Club Legend
Diego left 8 years ago but after falling out with his new manager could a return be on the cards ? Internacional want Hector Perez in return who has only mustered one goal in 18 games for the yellow submarines.
Here is Diego's highlights of his Villarreal career:
Diego Forlán's debut for Villarreal was on 30 August 2004. He started away to rivals Valencia CF and scored his club's goal in the 77th minute of a 2–1 defeat. His next goal came in a home 2–0 win over Real Zaragoza on 3 October, and was followed with an equaliser in a 1–1 draw at Real Mallorca and the final goal of a 4–0 win at home to CD Numancia. Between 12 December 2004 and 16 January 2005, Forlán scored seven goals in five Liga matches, including a brace in a 3–0 home victory over FC Barcelona on 9 January. On 22 May 2005, he scored his first hat-trick for a European club with all of Villarreal's goals in a 3–3 away draw against eventual league champions FC Barcelona. A week later he scored two in a 4–1 victory over local rivals Levante UD as Villarreal ended the season in third, their first Champions League finsh. Forlán won the 2004–05 Pichichi Trophy for most goals in La Liga, with 25. He also shared the 2005 European Golden Boot with Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.
His goal rate declined in the 2005–06 season as Villarreal underwent several changes, yet the club reached the semi-finals of the Champions League where they were knocked out by Arsenal.
In 2006–07, he ended the season with 19 goals in 36 league appearances.
He left the following year for 21 Million Euros to replace Fernando Torres at Athletico Madrid.