The 24-year-old centre-back is a favourite of Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez and was an integral part of the Uruguay rearguard throughout qualification. A physical defender who is comfortable on the ball, Godin made his international debut aged 19 against Group A opponents Mexico and is a popular figure in Uruguay.
Godin is 6ft 1in (1.85m) and is a rock in Spanish side Villarreal’s defence, missing only two La Liga games this season as the club finished seventh.
He made his professional debut with Montevideo-based Club Atletico Cerro in 2003 before moving on to Uruguay powerhouses Nacional in 2006, where he quickly became club captain. After just one season he was snapped up by Villarreal.
Godin was a top swimmer in his youth and still holds several national records.
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