Uruguay’s Godin holds the key to locking out Ronaldo

Uruguay’s Godin holds the key to locking out RonaldoUruguay captain Diego Godin is the leader of the only defence yet to concede a goal in the World Cup and the Atletico Madrid defender's wealth of experience in facing Cristiano Ronaldo will come in handy in his side's last 16 clash with Portugal.

With 27 meetings against Ronaldo in the bruising Spanish capital derby between Atletico and Real Madrid, winning 8 times, drawing 9 and losing 10, few players are better placed to come up with a strategy to shackle Ronaldo than Godin. 

The five-times world player of the year may have filled his boots against Godin on several occasions, including two hat-tricks against Atletico. 

But the defender has also kept the prolific Portuguese quiet in many games, preventing him from finding the net in 13 of their last 20 meetings.

There has been little love lost when they have met: Ronaldo once punched Godin during a Spanish Super Cup tie, but the defender got his own back in a meeting last year by elbowing the Portuguese in the head. 

Both players escaped red cards. 

Godin, 32, is one of the most senior players in the Uruguay squad, making his debut in 2005 and playing at three World Cups as well as winning the Copa America in 2011.

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