Here are some facts you need to know about Diego Costa
Diego Costa (Full Name – Diego da Silva Costa) is a Spanish striker born on 7 October 1988 in Lagarto, Brazil. His father’s name is José De Jesus and mother is Josileide. He has a brother – Jair Costa.
Diego Costa’s father Jose was a football fan and he named his son after Diego Maradona. He caught the immense love for football from his father and played in the streets all the time.
Family’s lacklustre financial status was one of the main culprits along with the very remote location that their house was situated in.
Upon a failed trial, Diego left his hometown and moved to Sao Paulo to live and work with his uncle. His uncle had some connections with a local football club named Barcelona Ibiuna and Diego got enrolled in it.
Diego was bullied by some of his club mates which further had Diego leaving football to earn some more money by working in his uncle’s shop. He expressed his desire to play for the club but his parents asked him to join a local club Sao Caetano FC in Sao Paulo.
In 2006, loaned away to Penafiel, he further proved that his lack of experience wasn’t a hurdle at all and he drew significant interest from Atletico Madrid.
In 2007, he was signed on by Atletico but before making him play a single game, he was loaned away to Braga, Celta and Albacete for the following three seasons.
Diego however, wasn’t very happy about the pace that his career was approaching with and managed to compel his team to give him away to Real Valladolid in July 2009.
He further missed most of the 2011-12 season due to injury and the further next season was the same story more or less.
As his team reached the Copa de Ray semi-finals, Diego scored 7 goals in 7 matches, proving his worth to the team management. He further scored his eighth goal in the final contest, which his team won.
The 2013-14 season saw him receiving interest from Liverpool and offered him three times the salary that he was getting at Atletico. But Diego remained loyal to Atletico and extended his contract with them until 2018, also doubling his salary.
In July 2014, Chelsea confirmed signing him on for the next five years. Diego was off to a brilliant start and was named Player of the Month for August 2014. In March 2015, Chelsea won the League Cup, which was the first major trophy for Diego.
In April, he was chosen as one of the two forwards in the PFA Team of the Year. In November 2016, he became the first player to score 10 league goals in the ongoing season and in November 2016, he was named Player of the Month for his performance.
Chelsea won the Premier League title yet again and Diego emerged as the top scorer with 20 goals. In 2017, he finally decided to rejoin his previous club Atletico Madrid.
In March 2013, he was invited to play for the national Brazilian team. A few months later, Royal Spanish Football Federation made an official request to acquire Diego for their national team and Diego also expressed his desire to play for Spain.
He was a part of Spanish side for 2014 World Cup and has since played for Spain in many international tournaments.
Awards & Achievements
- 2X PREMIER LEAGUE
- 1X EFL CUP
- 2X LA LIGA
- 1X SPANISH CUP
- 1X EUROPA LEAGUE
- 3X UEFA SUPERCUP
Diego Costa is known to have several roaring affairs with many models. He happens to be a highly emotional player and has been found guilty of inciting violence on the field on several occasions.
He has maintained very close ties with his family and often receives them himself whenever they visit him in Spain.