Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan won the ‘pichichi’ crown for the Spanish league’s top-scorer after finishing the season with 32 goals as his side finished fourth to secure Champions League football.
Uruguayan international Forlan, 30, finishes two goals above long-time leader, Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o, to lift his second pichichi title having won it in Villarreal’s colours in 2005.
“I’m very happy because we qualified for the Champions League for the second consecutive year and because I won the pichichi in a very strong Spanish league,” said Forlan.
Forlan, a 21-million-euro signing from Villarreal in 2007, hit a real purple patch scoring in eight consecutive games to top the charts and become the first player to score 30 goals in a season since Brazilian great Ronaldo netted 34 goals with Barcelona in 1997.
The goalscoring exploits of the former Manchester United man have reportedly attracted interest from several clubs but Forlan has insisted he is happy at Atletico where he is contracted until 2011.