Diego Roberto Godín Leal, or commonly called as Diego Godin, is a Uruguayan central defender. Born in the city of Rosario on 16 February 1986, the defender started his initial playing days with Cerro was 17 years old. After impressing as a youngster, Godin found himself in the transfer news section and receiving a move to Nacional in 2006. This move turned out to unlock a lot of his potential and he soon became the club captain.
Naturally, this started transfer rumours surrounding the defender with many European clubs showing an interest. It was Spanish outfit Villarreal who took the plunge with a £720,000 transfer in 2007. Despite signing a five-year contract with Villarreal, Godin was a constant presence in the gossip columns owing to his strong performances in La Liga. After just three seasons with the Yellow Submarines, Godin made the switch to the Spanish capital with Atletico Madrid signing him for £7 million in 2010. Just like how he had been a regular with Villarreal from day one, Godin was an instrumental player for Atletico.
Godin would go on to spend almost a decade at the Vicente Calderon. He would be an integral part of the team under manager Diego Simeone. The quality offered by Godin helped Atletico pick up major trophies like the La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup. Godin also managed to finish as the runner up in the Champions League with Atletico on two occasions.
After almost featuring in the transfer odds for a move from the Vicente Calderon for quite a while, Godin would make the free transfer to Inter Milan in the summer of 2019. He spent just one season at the San Siro and had a reasonable amount of contribution – including featuring for the team in the Europa League final of the season. The lack of promise of regular gametime led to Godin being in the football whispers about a move away from Inter. This came about through Cagliari in 2020 when he made a free transfer.
Apart from his strong exploits at club level, Godin had been a regular for Uruguay since his debut in 2005. He has made more than 134 appearances for the national team and there was a Copa America success along the way.
Diego Godin Transfer Rumours
- From Cerro to Nacional for free in 2006
- From Nacional to Villarreal for £720,000 in 2007
- From Villarreal to Atletico Madrid for £7 million in 2010
- From Atletico Madrid to Inter Milan for free in 2019
- From Inter Milan to Cagliari for free in 2020
Cerro provided Diego Godin with the ability to start his professional career, but he made the switch to Nacional in 2006 to truly kickstart his career. A move to Europe came in 2007 when he was one of the top transfer targets for Villarreal. However, Godin became one of the top defenders in the world following the switch to Atletico Madrid in 2010.
After the departure from Atletico in 2019, Godin found himself regularly in the rumours section and he made free transfers to Inter and Cagliari.