JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 02: Diego Forlan of Uruguay looks on during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Soccer City stadium on July 2, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
That made the disappointment all the more bitter.
The score was 1-1 in the second half and the South American nation was making it a tight game against the Netherlands. Forlan was leading by example as the stand-in captain, tying the match with a 25-yard shot, spreading passes from deep and threatening in the box.
Then, the Dutch scored twice late and Forlan's thigh became so unbearable he couldn't continue. Despite a fantastic tournament for himself and his country, Forlan was disappointed.