- Squad Number
- Date of Birth
- 16 February 1986
- Contracted Until
- Buyout Clause
Godín debuted in the Uruguayan first division in 2003 and played eight matches in the following season. After three years for Cerro, where he played a total of 56 games and scored six goals, Godín moved to Nacional, arguably Uruguay’s biggest club.
The tall centre-back would play only one season for Nacional, because in the summer of 2007 he was signed by Villarreal. When he left, the Uruguayan had already become a big figure at the club. At 20 he was the captain, despite playing only twenty-six games, and lead the team to the quarter finals of the Copa Libertadores. He was named as the tournament’s best player that season.
At El Madrigal, Godín was an undisputed starter in his three seasons with Villarreal, playing a total of 92 games. In his second season Godín helped the Yellow Submarine achieve their highest finish ever in the league.
In the summer of 2010, Godín was signed by Atlético Madrid for €11m, after an impressive World Cup run with Uruguay. The Celeste surprisingly reached the semi-finals of the tournament, with Godín and fellow Atlético player Diego Forlán shining as outstanding performers for the South Americans.
Godín debuted for the Uruguayan national team back when he was playing at Cerro, at the age of nineteen. The World Cup in 2010 was only his second big tournament, after playing the Copa América in 2007.
In 2011 Diego was part of the Uruguay squad that won the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, although due to injury he only featured as a substitute in the final against Paraguay.