Now 33, Diego Godin is about to draw the curtain down on his fantastic era at Atletico Madrid.
Godin joined Atleti in 2010 for just €8 million from fellow LaLiga side, Villarreal. The Uruguayan international went on to win one LaLiga title, two Europa Leagues, one Copa del Rey and three European Super Cups in his time with the club.
He was also a member of the Atletico Madrid team which reached the Champions League finals on two occasions, in 2014 and 2016. Unfortunately for Godin and Atleti, they lost to their city rivals Real Madrid in both games.
Godin turned down a move to Manchester United last summer due to personal reasons.
He managed to start 28 of Atletico Madrid’s LaLiga fixtures in 2018/19, amassing a total of 77 fantasy LaLiga points on the way
That total left Godin as the third-highest scoring defender in the LaLiga fantasy game for the season, just behind Barcelona’s Jordi Alba (1st) and Gerard Pique (2nd).
Godin received seven yellow cards in LaLiga this season and wasn’t sent off once.
His highest scoring in any game was 9 points and he achieved this in two different fixtures.
The first was in Atletico’s 2-0 win at home to Real Sociedad in late October. Godin earned 9 points for the clean sheet and scoring a goal.
The second time was in their 2-0 win at home to Girona in early April. Again, it was a goal and a clean sheet which earned Godin 9 points on the day.
His next best game in fantasy LaLiga terms was in Atleti’s 2-0 win at Real Sociedad in March. Godin was given 6 points for the clean sheet and an assist while being docked one point for getting booked in that match.
Godin cost fantasy LaLiga managers 9.0 million this season. His price had come down from the 10.0 million he would have cost fantasy football players in 2017/18.
Godin is rumoured to be heading in the direction of Italy’s Serie A with Internazionale favourites to sign the experienced centre-half.
In Milan, he could well be reunited with Joao Miranda, the Brazilian defender who has already been a teammate of Godin’s some years ago with Atleti.
Internazionale managed to qualify for next season’s Champions League by clinching fourth place in Serie A this season.
This means Godin will still get the opportunity to showcase his somewhat ageing talents to the world as the Italian club looks to impress upon its return to European football’s premier competition.