Diego Costa is a Brazilian-born Spanish national footballer who, after obtaining his citizenship, decided to change allegiance to Spain, despite having played twice for his home country.
Costa can best be described as a confrontational, tenacious player who is on a confrontational course, plays with his head, and wins at the expense of the game, who may be the nicest friend you can have, but above all is a terror to his opponents on the pitch. He is known throughout the world for his time in England as a representative of the Chelsea Football Club and in Spain as a representative of Atletico Madrid.
Here you will find everything you need to know about Diego Costa, his rise from a young truck driver in Brazil to one of Europe’s most feared strikers.
Diego Costa was born Diego da Silva Costa on October 7, 1988, in Lagarto, Sergipe, Brazil as the son of José de Jesus and Josileide Costa. His father was an avid football fan and decided to name his son after the Argentine legend Diego Maradona. His other son, Jair, was named after the Brazilian footballer Jairzinho.
Costa played a lot of street football during his childhood and youth. He attributed his mental strength to the fact that he excelled in street football. When he turned 15, Costa began to set out on his own. After failing to impress in the trials of his hometown’s teams, Costa moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city, to live and work with his uncle, while training with the city’s football clubs.
Through his uncle’s connections, Costa managed to secure a contract with a team in the south of the city called Barcelona Esportiva Capela. His achievements caught the attention of one of the most influential football agents in the world, Jorge Mendes, who offered him a contract with Portuguese club Sporting de Braga. Costa seized the opportunity despite his father’s objections, who feared he would go to Europe at a young age.
In February 2006, Costa made its first appearance for the Braga reserves. He was later loaned to Portuguese second division side F.C. Penafiel, where his performances continued to impress his coaches and scouts. In December 2006, Atletico Madrid arrived and demanded the signature of the striker, who joined the Spanish capital’s club for a fee of 1.5 million euros and 50% of the players’ rights.
Costa was immediately loaned back to Braga for the rest of the season, however. Above all, he scored a last-minute goal for the Portuguese side in a UEFA Cup round of 16 matches against Parma.
In July 2007, Costa was introduced to Atletico Madrid fans as the new Kaka. Later that month, he was loaned for the season to Spanish second-league side Celta de Vigo. His disruptive nature was apparent to all when he was with Celta, as he was expelled from the field several times for diving, dissenting, showboating/celebrating in front of opposing players and fans, and fighting.
Despite all the negative aspects of his game, Costa was wanted by many teams. In 2008 he was loaned out again by Atletico to another Spanish second division team, Albacete. There he became a central figure in their battle for relegation. He also became something of a cult hero when he threatened to go on strike if all the club’s non-playing staff were not paid in full.
Diego Costa spent the 2009-2010 season with Valladolid, which ended with their relegation from the Spanish premier league. He returned to Atletico in the summer of 2010 to serve as a back-up for Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan. Under the guidance of manager Quique Sanchez Flores, however, Costa became a starter, scoring a total of 64 goals in 135 games in 135 appearances for both sides after spending half a season on loan to Rayo Vallecano and suffering a knee injury.
After orchestrating Chelsea’s semi-final defeat in the Champions League, the Blues made Costa a transfer target and in the summer of 2014, they triggered their £32 million exit clause. He immediately became a nightmare for Premier League defenders when he forged a partnership with Cesc Fabregas to lead Chelsea to a Premier League and League Cup double.
Costa’s escapades followed him into the Premier League in 2015, where he was described as the dirtiest player in the Premier League and was named the most hated footballer by the French newspaper L’Equipe. He played a total of 120 games and scored 59 goals before falling out with Chelsea coach Antonio Conte.
In 2017, Diego Costa returned to Spain to continue his longstanding love affair with Atletico Madrid.
Diego Costa’s Family – Brother, Girlfriend, Wife
Diego Costa’s brother, Jair Costa, was in the past spokesman for his brother. The older brother Costa, who played football in Brazil in his younger years and completed a three-month trial period with Basque club Salvatierra, has not become a professional footballer like his brother.
Costa had previously dated Brazilian clothing store owner and model Michele Zuanne, whom he met at a party in Madrid in February 2010. The relationship, which looked like it was made in heaven, began to unravel when Costa allegedly tried to make a move on her younger sister a few months later. The two went their separate ways immediately after a confrontation.
The Spanish international is now married and has a daughter. It is not clear who the woman is.
Height, Weight, and Body Stats
The height of Diego Costa is indicated as 1.88 m (6 feet 2 inches). The star striker, who has had weight problems in the past, currently weighs 85 kg. Other body statistics are chest – 42 inches (107cm), arms/biceps – 15 inches (38cm) and waist – 33 inches (84cm).