Diego Lugano joined the Uruguayan soccer team from 2003 to 2014, for which he played 95 matches and two World Cups. He is the player who played the most matches as captain of the national team. With Lugano as its captain, the national football team won the fourth place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the first place in the 2011 Copa América. Originally from the department of Canelones, Diego Lugano began his football career in 1999 at the Club Nacional de Fútbol, and since then he has defended the shirt of Plaza Colonia, Fenerbahce, Paris Saint Germain, Malaga, West Bromwich Albion, BK Häcken, Cerro Porteño of Paraguay and Sao Paulo. Since 2017, he is also the superintendent of institutional relations of Sau Paulo FC. He has supported numerous causes in defense of the rights of children.