Diego Godín Profile
Diego Godin is a former Uruguayan professional footballer who had a successful playing career in both South America and Europe. He was known for his tough-tackling style, leadership qualities, and his ability to read the game from the back. Godin played for several clubs throughout his career, both in the Uruguayan, Spanish, and Italian leagues, and also represented his country at international level.
Godin was born in Rosario, Uruguay, in 1986, and began his professional career at Club Nacional de Football in Montevideo. He quickly established himself as one of the best young defenders in the country, helping Nacional win the Uruguayan Primera Division title in 2005 and 2005-06.
In 2007, Godin moved to Spain to sign for Villarreal CF, where he continued to impress with his solid performances at the back. He helped Villarreal reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2006-07, and also won the UEFA Europa League in 2010, where they defeated fellow Spanish club Valencia in the final.
In 2010, Godin signed for Atletico Madrid, where he became a key player in Diego Simeone's team. He helped Atletico win the UEFA Europa League in 2012 and also played a pivotal role in helping the club win the La Liga title in 2014. Godin was named the La Liga's best defender in the same year and also reached the final of the UEFA Champions League with the team in 2014 and 2016, only to lose both times to their city rivals Real Madrid.
After nine seasons at Atletico, Godin moved to Inter Milan in 2019, where he continued to impress with his solid performances at the back. He helped the team win the Serie A title in 2021, their first league title in over a decade.
Godin also represented his country at international level, making his debut for Uruguay in 2005. He played in three World Cups for his country and helped them reach the semi-finals in 2010. Godin was also part of the Uruguay team that won the Copa America in 2011 and 2015.
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