Uruguay’s Forlan named player of World Cup

JOHANNESBURG,  (Reuters) – Uruguay’s Diego Forlan won  the best player of the tournament award yesterday after lighting  up the World Cup with some wonderful goals that helped his team  become South America’s only semi-finalist.

The blond-locked striker won legions of admirers — not  least among South African women — for his fantastic play on the  pitch and courteous attitude off it where he always made time to  sign autographs and chat with fans or journalists.

Forlan took 23.4 percent in the “Golden Ball” poll organised  by world soccer body FIFA and voted for by journalists. Dutch  playmaker Wesley Sneijder was second with 21.8 percent and  Spain’s David Villa third on 16.9 percent.

All three got five goals, making them joint top scorers  along with Germany’s Thomas Mueller.

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