If there was one issue lacking from Diego Forlan’s stellar performance here at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ it absolutely was a chunk of tableware, notably once the deadly striker simply skipped over on clinching the adidas Golden Shoe for the competition’s high scorer. No matter, the sacred Uruguayan No10 instead created off with the in demand adidas Golden Ball – awarded to the best player at this year’s finals on South African soil.
Forlan therefore becomes the fourth South yank to say the prize, following within the footsteps of Argentina’s Diego Maradona (1986) and Brazilian pair Romario (1994) and Ronaldo (1998). Simply minutes once learning of his award, the Atletico Madrid triggerman spoke completely to 2010 FIFA WORLD
Diego, however wills it feel to own won the Golden Ball?
Diego Forlan: It’s as nice because it is surprising. I ne’er do not do not even unreal one thing like this, nor did I even have my sights attack it. As I’m a striker, I maybe might have seen myself chasing the Golden Shoe, and actually I came shut. That may are additional traditional. However to travel from that to winning the prize for the most effective player... I’m enjoying it and I’m delighted, however I’m terribly aware that it’s the results of the spectacular tournament the team has had. It’s another reward for this positive amount for Uruguayan soccer.
How did you discover out you’d won?
To be honest, once i used to be appointive i made a decision to attend and see what happened, particularly as there have been rumors’ that i would win however no one was revealing something. Then I got a message from a devotee in Buenos Aires that aforesaid 'Congratulations, you’ve won the Golden Ball’. Then my agent known as Maine and confirmed it. I started obtaining additional calls and suddenly all my squad-mates had charged into my space, and before I knew it they’d chucked Maine into the edifice swimming pool!
And however you’re dedicating it to the people that did that to you...
It was unimaginable however all of them came to my space to congratulate Maine. the actual fact that my team-mates and lots of individuals back range in Uruguay stapled their hopes on Maine, and that i was able to repay that religion out on the pitch whereas being simply another member of the team, makes Maine feel terribly happy. I’d additionally prefer to highlight those lads UN agency didn’t play a lot of or didn’t feature in any respect. Those guys structure the backbone of the squad and this award is for them too.
Do you ever worry receiving this type of recognition can move to your head?
I’ve won alternative awards throughout my career and I’m terribly grateful, however I don’t allow them to stop my feet from staying on the bottom. I’ve got folks UN agency instructed Maine key values and brothers and sisters UN agency facilitate Maine remain the correct path. Everything is that the results of labor, thus I’ll keep operating to do and improve.
Does this prize facilitate structure for Uruguay not finishing on the podium?
I’m terribly happy regarding this award and also the goals I scored, however to be honest I’m heading home slightly unhappy as a result of, having watched the ultimate, it hit Maine however shut we have a tendency to were to enjoying in it. Losing the semi-final was a very cruel blow that took Maine one or two of days to induce over and that I still notice onerous to swallow.
Are you trying forward to having the Golden Ball in your hands?
I’ve not had a lot of time to seek out this; however I gather that they’ll offer Maine it in urban center. i need to admit that I’d have likable to own flown back to Uruguay with it. There’s little question it might are the icing on the cake at the party they’re waiting to throw for United States back in our country.
If you retain finding out awards, you’ll find yourself with no space on your chimneypiece shortly...
It’ll positively look smart next to my 2 Pichichi awards for high marking within the Spanish league! (Laughs) We’ll notice an honest place for it, I’m positive of that.