Uruguay’s Forlan was awarded the Golden Ball at South Africa 2010.
Forlan was delighted with his triumph, dedicating the win to the whole of Uruguay.
“It’s as great as it is unexpected,” he said. “I never even imagined something like this, nor did I have my sights set on it. As I’m a striker, I perhaps could have seen myself chasing the Golden Shoe, and in fact I came close. That would have been more normal. But to go from that to winning the prize for the best player… I’m enjoying it and I’m delighted, but I’m very aware that it’s the result of the spectacular tournament the team has had. It’s another reward for this positive period for Uruguayan football.”