- Uruguayan nationality or passport
Diego Forlán is one of the world’s top scorers in the recent history of soccer. He scored large numbers of goals for clubs in major national leagues, including Independiente (Argentina), Manchester United (England), Atlético de Madrid (Spain) and Internazionale Milano (Italy). The latest stop of his career is the Japanese team Cerezo Osaka. Forlán is a two-time winner of the European Golden Shoe and also was awarded the Adidas Golden Ball as the best player at the 2010 World Cup. Playing for Uruguay, Forlán won the 2011 Copa América, the 15th title for “La Celeste.”
Diego Forlán became an HSBC client in 2006, while he was playing in Spain for Villarreal. He was connected to two client accounts that together listed four bank accounts. Two of them were associated with the account Rosario Trading Company S.A where he was listed as “Attorney C,” and two were associated to numbered account 12661 ZDF. Together the accounts held as much as $1.4 million in 2006/2007. The leaked files do not specify the exact role that Forlán had in relation to the numbered account.
Diego Forlán did not respond to ICIJ's repeated requests for comment.