Published July 11, 2010
By Andy Cawthorne
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Uruguay's Diego Forlan won the best player of the tournament award on Sunday 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.
All three got five goals, making them joint top scorers along with Germany's Thomas Mueller.
Mueller took the "Golden Boot" award given to the top scorer, using assists and number of minutes played as a tie-breaker, FIFA said in a statement.
The German was also named Best Young Player.
Forlan's award will cheer Uruguayans after their side lost agonizingly to Germany 3-2 in the third place playoff.
Forlan struck the bar with a typically spectacular free kick in the last touch of the match.
(Writing by Patrick Johnston and Andrew Cawthorne; editing by Jon Bramley)