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Godin becomes Uruguay's most-capped player

2:11 am AEDT 26/3/19
Diego Godin Uruguay 2018
The Atletico Madrid defender has broken Maxi Pereira's appearance record for La Celeste after featuring in the friendly against Thailand

Diego Godin has become the most-capped player in Uruguay's history after starting in their friendly match with Thailand.

The game was the uncompromising centre-back's 126th for La Celeste, surpassing previous appearance record holder Maxi Pereira's tally of 125. 

The defender has notched eight goals for his country and was part of their Copa America-winning side in 2011, but was focused on keeping a clean sheet in his record-breaking appearance against Thailand in the final of the China Cup.

Uruguay won the game 4-0 thanks to goals from Matias Vecino, Gaston Pereiro, Cristhian Stuani and Maxi Gomez, sealing their second successive triumph in the friendly tournament.

La Celeste won the China Cup last year, beating the Czech Republic and then Wales in the final.

Godin started the game and made way after 70 minutes, with the scoreline at 3-0. 

Thailand were surprise finalists after they knocked out host nation China - managed by Fabio Cannavaro - who have now failed to make the final in each of the three editions of this four-team tournament.

This year, Godin and Co. beat Uzbekistan 3-0 in their first game to advance to the final, with Stuani grabbing a brace in that match. 

Godin put in some exceptional performances for his country in his third World Cup in Russia last summer as Uruguay advanced to the quarter-finals before losing to eventual winners France

However, with the 33-year-old's contract set to expire at the end of the season in Madrid, there has been no sign of an extension and a Bosman transfer to Serie A giants Inter looms in the not-so-distant future after nearly a decade of faithful service to Atletico.

The centre-back has won a host of honours in Spain, including the Liga title and two Europa Leagues, as well as appearing in two Champions League finals.

Godin has made 30 appearances across all competitions at club level this season, scoring three times and registering three assists.