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As Diego Forlan pulled on the United shirt for the first time he was fulfilling a promise he made to his sister who lay, in hospital, close to death 10 years ago. He vowed to become a soccer star in order to support her. Alejandra was almost killed on a rain soaked coastal road in Uruguay when the car in which she was travelling crashed into a palm tree; her boyfriend was killed instantly. Her 12 year old brother,

Diego, wept silently at her bedside and made a vow - to become an international and pay for all the medical expenses she would ever need. When he first turned professional he was on £35 per week. So desperate were the family that businessman Samuel Liberman invested £150,000 in him in 1998. Diego received £1m from the transfer which was immediately transfered to his fathers account to pay for his sisters treatment and round the clock care.

In these days of footballers fighting in night clubs and paying £75 for a hankie this is news to lighten the hearts of football fans everywhere. Here we have a footballer driven, not by riches, but by a burning desire to help his sister. He is paying for 1st class tickets for all his family to come see him play at Old Trafford.

He is also masterminding the conversion of his Manchester house to accomodate his sisters wheelchair. He phones her every single day. His sister says that he has made her the proudest sister in the world. His family maintained a constant vigil at the hospital where she spent 5 months on a respirator in intensive care.

Diego visited the hospital every single day. He would read to her and tell her jokes, "suddenly my younger brother was the big brother - looking after me always". In these days of heartlessness and greed, it was great to read this.

Since arriving at Old Trafford Diego has been lynched by the media and had jokes made about him, But he has gone on to score 9 goals for Manchester United in the 02/03 Premiership season starting most games as a substitute he also went with Uruguay to the World Cup and scored one of the goals of the tournament.

I also remember that some years ago (when Forlan was still playing in Argentina I think) he organised a friendly match in Uruguay with Diego Maradona, Enzo Francescoli, etc to gather money for the treatment of her sister.
 

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That I did. I always stood up for Forlan when people were constantly rubbishing him in his Man United days.
 

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I love Forlan. I was very disappionted to see him leaving Manchester. He is too good to be lost like that. :(
 

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Chinofan said:
I also remember that some years ago (when Forlan was still playing in Argentina I think) he organised a friendly match in Uruguay with Diego Maradona, Enzo Francescoli, etc to gather money for the treatment of her sister.
Yea it was at the centenario to watch that game..
Diego really has a great heart, that's why i want him to succeed..
 

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I didn't see him much when he played in England, but I don't understand why they laught at him. Certainly, he's not the best striker on Earth, but he's a good striker and he's showing it here.

Imagine Villarreal playing the CL and winning 0-1 in Old Trafford with a goal of Diego Forlan :pp
 

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Actually, Forlán said in an interview that was false, that it was an invention of the British press. I heard it only some days ago.
 

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The whole story was false? Where'd you heard it?

It was certainly a moving story and if it was fabricated then it would be a shame.
I think it was in a interview in Marca, but I'm not 100% sure. I'll search a bit to see if I can find it (it was in Spanish).
 

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That I did. I always stood up for Forlan when people were constantly rubbishing him in his Man United days.
Me too.

He was just mis-understood. I remember he scored some fantastic goals for Man Utd, but he never really got the run in the side apart from his adjustment period...which always needed time anyway.

The truth is that he is very talented.
 

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What I remember most vividly about Forlan, is his unbelievable miss against Celtic (in Seattle, USA) where he had an empty net right in front of him -- sadly.
 

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I remember more that great volley he scored with Manchester without letting touch the floor from a long pass and from outside the penalty box. I know that some people enjoy more the mistakes but in this case I choose the goals, quite strange!

The thing about his sister is true. I saw the match and I saw her in a wheelchair next to the pitch in the stadium as Mathias did. Some detail of the story in that article may be incorrect but the bulk is true.
 

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I didn't see him much when he played in England, but I don't understand why they laught at him. Certainly, he's not the best striker on Earth, but he's a good striker and he's showing it here.
Probably because the fact that he bottled too much in Man Utd and the English media is pretty cruel in punishing players who is in their downward. In my opinion, he got very big pressure for playing for one of world biggest clubs and he just can't give out his skill because of that, it's kinda psychological thing, I guess. I admit, once, laughed at him when he missed the chance that I think even my grandmother won't fail it in one of the friendly matches in Champions World Series two seasons ago. Sometimes I feel bad about him and now even more regret for ever laughing him after his success in Villareal.

Best of luck to him. I know he's a hardworker and he deserved all the credits for coming back from his failure.
 

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As Diego Forlan pulled on the United shirt for the first time he was fulfilling a promise he made to his sister who lay, in hospital, close to death 10 years ago. He vowed to become a soccer star in order to support her. Alejandra was almost killed on a rain soaked coastal road in Uruguay when the car in which she was travelling crashed into a palm tree; her boyfriend was killed instantly. Her 12 year old brother,

Diego, wept silently at her bedside and made a vow - to become an international and pay for all the medical expenses she would ever need. When he first turned professional he was on £35 per week. So desperate were the family that businessman Samuel Liberman invested £150,000 in him in 1998. Diego received £1m from the transfer which was immediately transfered to his fathers account to pay for his sisters treatment and round the clock care.

In these days of footballers fighting in night clubs and paying £75 for a hankie this is news to lighten the hearts of football fans everywhere. Here we have a footballer driven, not by riches, but by a burning desire to help his sister. He is paying for 1st class tickets for all his family to come see him play at Old Trafford.

He is also masterminding the conversion of his Manchester house to accomodate his sisters wheelchair. He phones her every single day. His sister says that he has made her the proudest sister in the world. His family maintained a constant vigil at the hospital where she spent 5 months on a respirator in intensive care.

Diego visited the hospital every single day. He would read to her and tell her jokes, "suddenly my younger brother was the big brother - looking after me always". In these days of heartlessness and greed, it was great to read this.

Since arriving at Old Trafford Diego has been lynched by the media and had jokes made about him, But he has gone on to score 9 goals for Manchester United in the 02/03 Premiership season starting most games as a substitute he also went with Uruguay to the World Cup and scored one of the goals of the tournament.

I also remember that some years ago (when Forlan was still playing in Argentina I think) he organised a friendly match in Uruguay with Diego Maradona, Enzo Francescoli, etc to gather money for the treatment of her sister.
I knew he wanted to go to Man Utd if he could choose any club he wanted, he said that in a interview in a sports-show called Futbol Mundial. However I did not know about the sister thing, that is beautiful and I love him even more now, he must be one o fthe nicest guy on the pitch nowadays.

I remembered one day out of the blue, my brother (who is a huge Man Utd fan) saw me in school in the hallway and just said "We've signed him, it's done, he's ours" I knew EXACTLY it was Forlán he was talking about, it was uncanny :)
 

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Yeah i always liked him, its a shame he left Manchester, but he said in the future he would like to return so you never know....
 

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he is simply not that good
 
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