The wantaway Liverpool star is delighted to have equaled his international team-mate's goalscoring feats while coach Oscar Tabarez admits that Spain were too strong
The striker's delightful free kick was no more than a consolation goal for the Copa America winners as Uruguay lost 2-1 but it put him level with the Internacional veteran on 33 goals for his country and in only 65 appearances compared to Forlan's 99.
And the attacker, who has been linked with Real Madrid as he seeks a move away from England, says that it was a special moment for him.
"On a personal level it is an honour and a compliment to have reached the same level as Diego in respect of what he has done for la Celeste," the 26-year-old told reporters.
"Having scored the same amount goals as Diego, on a personal level, is good but now what we are focused on is performing in the group and our results in this cup."
Meanwhile, coach Oscar Tabarez admitted that la Roja were simply too tough to handle for his side.
"Spain were better in the game and fully justified their victory," he observed. "They caused us much trouble and we did not have the discipline needed.
"In the second half we faced a difficult situation and the 2-0 looked very bad. I would say that it could have been catastrophic.
"We knew the reality before the match. If Spain thrashed Germany and Italy, why wouldn't they beat Uruguay? They are playing an important tournament which is always a great motivation for a great team."