Lots of Brazilian players have already decided to play for different nations. Deco, Marcos Senna, Thiago Motta are just a few recent examples. The next player that is about to make the choice if he will follow in Senna's footsteps is rising star Diego Costa.
Costa is one of the reasons why Atlético Madrid is not missing Radamel Falcao. The striker has been in an awe-inspiring form, scoring important goals like the one that secured Atlético's victory against Real Madrid last week. He is adapting to new signing David Villa and together they are the main reason why Atlético are doing so well this season.
Although Costa is Brazilian, he has never played in a team in his country. He moved to Europe in 2006, when he was only 17-years-old. After a period playing in small teams in Portugal and Spain, he finally found his best form with Atletico.
However, his great form is bringing a difficult choice to the striker. Both Spain and Brazil's national teams are reportedly interested in the striker for their future squads. But what side should he choose? Costa already said that he would only decide this after the call-ups.
Spain are clearly seeking Costa. A fast, intelligent and strong striker is everything they need. Costa is faster than Alvaro Negredo and a better header of the ball than Fernando Torres.
In my opinion, the only Spanish forward that is more complete than him is Tottenham star Roberto Soldado. If he decides to play for Spain he will face a tough competition, but he will have the opportunity to feature in one of the best teams in the world.
Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari already said that he is looking closer to Costa, who has featured in two friendlies to date. A competitive call-up is considered a matter of time. The 24-year-old striker would fit perfectly in Felipão's formation.
Nowadays, Brazil have two strikers in their squad, Jô and Alexandre Pato. Jô is living the best moments of his career and is considered to be one of Brazil's best strikers. Pato, on the other hand, is passing through an awful time in his career without scoring and giving poor performances. In this scenario, Costa would be a fantastic alternative.
If I were Costa, I would choose Brazil. Firstly, the competition is not that strong and secondly, there is nothing like playing for your own country.
Whatever Costa decides, he can be sure that he is going to play for one of the best teams in the world.
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