Diego Forlan Insists Golden Ball Award Belongs To Every Uruguayan
Uruguay hitman Diego Forlan stated that he was proud and delighted to be named the best player of the tournament but admitted that he owed everything to the players around him in the Celeste side.
Forlan walked off with the prestigious Golden Ball award following Sunday's final. The gong is awarded by journalists to the player judged to have had the best individual performance throughout the tournament.
And with a personal tally of five goals from a withdrawn number 10 position, and his influence in driving an unfancied Uruguay side to their highest finish in 40 years, there will be few who will begrudge the 31-year-old this personal honour.
Forlan admitted this morning however that he could not have achieved any of his World Cup exploits without the skills of his team-mates.
"It is something incredible. I am overcome with emotion and happiness for this recognition, that I never could have achieved without the help and support of the great team that has been formed in the Uruguay squad," the player told reporters on being presented with the Golden Ball.
And 'Cachavacha', who has been widely linked with a move to England in the wake of the World Cup, also expressed his gratitude to the overwhelming support the Celeste enjoyed, as they captivated the tiny nation of just three million citizens.
"This is a prize for every single Uruguayan to enjoy. They deserve it," he concluded.
The Uruguayans are due to arrive in Montevideo around 10pm local time due to lengthy delays in their flight leaving and a first-class reception is promised as soon as the aircraft touches the ground as fans clamour to greet their heroes.