Diego da Silva Costa, as his full name is, was born in a small town in Brazil, and until the age of 15 was playing football all day outside in the streets as everyone else in this age.
At the age of 16 he signed to Portugal side SC Braga and left Brazil and his hometown. After spending a year at the club’s reserves team Costa transferred to Atletico Madrid.
The loan spells continued in Madrid also. He was sent to Celta de Vigo and Albacete Balompie until he was transferred to Valladolid with a buy-back option.
Atletico Madrid did use this option and Costa returned to the Vicente Calderon. After a knee injury in Atletico’s pre-season in 2011 he was loaned once again to Rayo Vallecano in order to get some first-team football and get back on his feet.
That was his last loan spell as from the summer of 2012 until now he is always among the starting XI of Atletico Madrid.
This summer was linked with a move to Liverpool but until now nothing is confirmed. This March Costa was called up to Brazilian national team by Luis Felipe Scolari for two friendly matches where Costa made his debut against Russia in 2-2 draw.
From this time until now Costa was not called up again from the Brazilian Federation and due to the fact that he has not yet played for Brazil in a competitive match, he has the right to choose another country to represent.
The federation of Spain is trying to persuade Costa to represent them. We must highlight that from this summer Costa has been granted the Spanish Nationality and therefore the Spanish Royal Football Federation has every right to claim Costa for their national team.
They have already made FIFA an official request to take permission to call up Costa. The Brazilian federation now claims that Costa is part of their team, and if anything different happens they are willing to go to the courts and win over the player.
If this happens, courts will decide the fate of Costa after the summer of 2014 meaning that the player will miss out the chance to play in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Of course the will of the player is very critical in such cases.
If Costa has decided which country he wants to represent, the case will be solved briefly. But until now Costa has not made any statements about this issue. Everyone is waiting for any developments in this story but my personal opinion is that Costa will choose Spain over Brazil.
I believe that this is going to be his way of showing his gratitude to the Spanish football which gave him the chance to show what he can do in comparison to the Brazilian one which never gave him a chance.