There Wasn't A Dry Eye In Diego Godin's Emotional Farewell Press Conference
"A cyclus is over, the most beautiful one of my life and my career. And nothing else. I'm proud to be part of this amazing club and I'm thankful for everyone here. It's not a club, it's my family, my home, my way of life."
These were the words of Diego 'Capitán' Godin; a man dedicated to leading Atletico's defensive line through the years, but it was confirmed earlier that his nine year stint at the Wanda Metropolitano is almost up.
A very emotional Diego Godin bids farewell to teammates & fans of Atletico Madrid. pic.twitter.com/Kl96ZqdxjC
- Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) May 7, 2019
The 33-year-old announced in a press conference on Tuesday that he will leave Madrid at the end of the season, with reports suggesting he is all set to join Serie A giants Inter Milan in the summer.
"In short, I am captain of the team and have been here many years." he said.
"We have not reached an agreement to continue so my time here is over. It has been the best of my career and my life,
"I would like to play here until I'm 40 but it's impossible. For me the priority has always been the club, the team, my teammates. But we could not reach an agreement so I have decided to leave. There's nothing more to it than that."
:red_circle::white_circle::red_circle: @diegogodin's press conference at the Wanda @Metropolitano begins.#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/t65b9YY8Gv
- Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 7, 2019
It was an emotional press conference for all involved, including the likes of Antoine Griezmann and manager Diego Simeone, who were spotted in the crowd in tears as Godin spoke of his love for the club.
"I'm nervous, even more than for a match. These will be my final days at Atletico Madrid. I want to communicate all the love I have for this club, this shirt." he said.
"I am Atletico, because this is not a club, it's a family and a way of life. It has been my home and it's very hard to say goodbye.
"I never imagined this moment would come and I am not prepared."
Aw ffs, this press conference made me emotional, AGAIN.:sob::sob::sob:
So basically Godin is leaving Atletico after all those years, a club legend, look how much they love him!
One of the rival players I love and respect the most. Good luck @diegogodin :heart::sparkles: pic.twitter.com/oNYWQWCOu6
- CH (@BarcaLionel_FC) May 7, 2019
Godin has made 381 appearances for Atleti since he joined from Villarreal in the summer of 2010.
He's won seven major titles in the capital, including a La Liga winners medal in 2013/14.
Diego Godín, a Colchonero soldier that was willing die for the cause.
He showed something to the Atlético fans that captured their hearts more than anything can.
Every time he stepped on the pitch, he left every last bit of his heart on the pitch to defend and honour the shirt. pic.twitter.com/OWw5DWIbnc
- Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) May 8, 2019
Diego Simeone will struggle to replace Godin's larger than life presence, that's for sure.
Who should Atletico buy to replace him?
Let us know in the comments.