Former Uruguayan International  Diego Forlan has announced his retirement from the round leather game .

Forlan,40, won the Premier League in 2003 with United and the Europa League while at Spanish side Atletico in 2009.

“It hasn’t been easy, I didn’t want the time to come, but I knew it was going to come,” Forlan said.

Forlan’s former Uruguay team-mate Luis Suarez posted a tribute to him on social media.

“Historic for Uruguayan football. Grateful for all the unforgettable moments you made all Uruguayans live, both in the national team and in all the teams you played,” said the Barcelona forward.

“I will always be grateful for what you taught me, both on and off the field. A dream to have played with one of my idols. You will always be a legend in Uruguay.”

A prolific goal scorer, he is regarded as one of the greatest Uruguayan players of all time. At club level, Forlán is a two-time winner of both the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe.

Forlan was a Copa America champion in 2011, while he also won the Golden Ball – awarded to the tournament’s best player – at the 2010 World Cup as they finished fourth.

He is Uruguay’s third-highest goalscorer – netting 36 times in 112 caps – behind Suarez and Paris St-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.

He retired from international football in 2015.

The Former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid forward  played 112 times for Uruguay, also played for Villarreal and Inter Milan, last played for Kitchee in Hong Kong in 2018.