Why Diego Godin was a cast-iron defender who single-handedly defied the trends of modern football

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On 17 May 2014, Camp Nou witnessed what is now undeniably one of the football feats of the new millennium.

It was when Atletico Madrid claimed a 1-1 draw away to Barcelona, on the final day of the season, to clinch the Spanish title. It remains the only time in the last 15 years that a club outside of the Clasico two have become Liga champions, reflecting one of the most far-reaching changes of that millennium. Given those changes, Atletico’s victory wasn’t far off a modern football miracle.

That this victory came through a draw was almost fitting in itself, given it symbolised the defiance that defined their surge, but not as fitting as the scorer – or the manner of it.

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In the 48th minute, with Atletico 1-0 down, Diego Godin rose above everyone to absolutely power a header home.

That was the moment. This was

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