Rumours about Forlan's sexuality have been circulating since his time at Manchester United between 2001 and 2004. But the gossip came to a crescendo in June 2011 when the then 32-year-old Uruguayan's marriage to underwear model Zoira Nara was called off in dramatic fashion a month before the couple were due to tie the knot.
Argentine and other newspapers reported that 22-year-old Nara had called the wedding off after discovering Forlan in bed with another man. She fuelled the rumours further by announcing on her twitter page 'Thank God I Never Got Married'.
Unusually, however, Nara then got her publicity agent Willy Garcia to release a statement denying that the marriage had been called off because of Forlan's alleged homosexuality.
“Diego is not homosexual and there has never been any doubt about his sexuality. It is a lie," he said.
Diego Forlan. Image: jikatu