Diego Roberto Godín Leal is a Uruguay international football player who plays in La Liga for Atletico Madrid as a central defender. Born in 1986 in Rosario, Uruguay, Diego stands six feet one inches tall.
A fast and composed defender, Diego has an amazing physical presence and an ability to play the ball comfortably from behind. At 19 years of age, Diego made his debut for Uruguay, playing a friendly match against Mexico in Guadalajara. He represented the national team at the 2007 Copa America. Godin was selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad in South Africa. He started as an opener against France in Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town. He played in four matches for the semifinal matches.
Diego began his football career by playing for C.A. Cerro team and moved to top division powerhouse club Nacional. Here, he instantly became captain due to his professionalism and maturity.
It was in 2007 that he got to sign a five-year deal with Villarreal CF, a La Liga side. Here, he scored in his second match, with a 2-3 loss at CA Osasuna, and participated in 24 matches that were the best league placement ever of the club. Subsequently, he consolidated his starting position in his further matches, partnering Argentine Gonzalo Rodriguez.
In 2010, he performed his best at Villarreal for one season, playing 36 games, scoring three goals. On a five-year contract, he joined Atletico Madrid after the two clubs made an initial fee of around 8 million euros.
Godin has since established himself as one of the most important players for Atletico and has played in over 50 La Liga matches so far. Godin won the Europa League with Atletico in 2011-12 and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010 and 2012.