Suarez and Forlan have had post-match text message ritual for over a decade

Diego Forlan has revealed he still texts Luis Suarez to congratulate his former Uruguay team-mate when he scores.

The pair both shone for the South America nation with former Liverpool star Suarez still banging in the goals for Atletico Madrid.

Forlan was a renowned goalscorer and impressed during his four years with the La Liga giants during his career.

He became Uruguay's all-time leading top scorer from 2011 until Suarez overtook him two years later, though the pair maintain a good relationship.

Asked at a LaLiga event whether he ever had to calm Suarez down, former Manchester United star Forlan said: “No, no, no, no. He's a very nice guy.

“We still keep in touch and whenever he scores I send him a message. It’s nice because he did the same when I was scoring for Manchester United and Villareal.

“I did have to say to him though that I can’t send a message for every goal because you play every two days! You will talk to me more than your wife!

“I told him I would send him messages when it’s a special occasion. It turned out that I had to message him the next day because he scored two anyways, but I won’t send him another unless he hits 10.”

Suarez has impressed at Atletico since joining from Barcelona in the summer.

Forlan added: “I think the media was targeting him in the wrong way, because I didn't agree in that moment that he was playing badly.

“There were comments about his physique but that has never changed. In his final days at Barcelona the club needed someone to hate and criticise.

“He was the perfect target because he argues and fights with the other teams.

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  • “He scored many goals last season. I don’t remember the exact number, but it will have been more than 20 which is great at any club.

    Of course, when he is the top scorer, he scored upwards of 30 and people expect that every season.

    “He still did his job and played well in the Champions League. When they didn’t win everything, someone had to take the blame. Messi is not going to be that person.”

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