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Position: Central defender
Born: Feb. 16, 1986, in Rosario, Uruguay
Experience: 2003-present (18 years)
Teams: Cerro, Nacional, Villareal, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan
Key stats: La Liga Best Defender 2015-16, La Liga title 2013-14, two Europa League titles
FIFA rating: 87
InStat score: 300
Bottom line: Diego Godin has been considered one of the world’s best defenders for the better part of a decade.
He controlled the staunch Atletico Madrid defense for the entire 2010s, taking them to a surprise La Liga title and winning the La Liga Best Defender award the next season. It’s no small feat to win this award in a league that features Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique.
Godin’s powers have been diminished by age, and his FIFA rating of 87 is based more on reputation than his actual abilities these days.