Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has won FIFA’s Golden Ball award for the best player at the World Cup after finishing joint-top scorer at the tournament.
Forlan scored five goals as he led his country’s charge into the World Cup semi-final, where they were beaten by Netherlands.
The Atletico Madrid striker netted two goals against South Africa and one apiece against Ghana, Netherlands and in the third place play-off against Germany.
Forlan finished in a four-way tie with Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder and David Villa for the Golden Boot with five goals – an award Muller took on a tie-break thanks to having more assists.
Forlan has attracted interest from a string of Europe’s top clubs after helping Atletico Madrid to a Europa League triumph, and then Uruguay to fourth place at the World Cup.
After Uruguay’s tournament came to an end the 31-year-old said: “It’s been the best year of my career.”
Spain’s David Villa was second with Holland’s Wesley Sneijder third.
Germany’s Muller also picked up the Best Young Player award, while Spain captain Iker Casillas can add the Golden Glove award to his World Cup winners’ medal.
Source: ESPN Soccernet