Facts about Diego Costa, the Beast
Until a few years ago Diego Costa was considered as one of Europe's best central forwards. He was absolutely amazing in his first spell at Atletico Madrid (2010-14) and at Chelsea (2-14-17). Costa won many trophies with Atletico and Chelsea including La Liga and Premier League titles and was his team's most lethal threat in both title winning campaigns.
Costa's form started to drop after he reached 30. He went back to his old club Atletico Madrid in 2018, hoping to replicate his previous success with Diego Simeone. Despite scoring some important goals including a record for fastest ever Spanish Super Cup goal against Real Madrid, he has yet to reach his best form.
Costa has been used by Simone mostly as a substitute in the past two seasons. He played 30 games in the 2019-20 season, scoring 5 goals and providing 5 assists for his team mates. Since the start of the 2020-21 season Costa has played 4 games with one goal registered to his name.
Despite the underwhelming goal scoring stats, many believes that with the arrival of Luis Suarez from Barcelona, Costa can build an amazing partnership with El Pistolero and improve in front of the goal. For now let's have a look at the top facts about Diego Costa you might like to know.
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Top facts about Diego Costa you might want to know
In the following article we will take a look at the Top facts about Diego Costa. First we present you with some of the general information.
- Full Name: Diego da Silva Costa
- Date and Place of Birth: 7 October 1988, Lagarto, Brazil
- Height & Weight: 1.88 m / 85kg
- Family Members: Jose de Jesus (Father), Josileide Costa (Mother), Jair Costa (Brother)
- Marital Status: Single
- Wife/Girlfriend: Michele Zuanne (Ex. Girlfriend)
- Children: 1 with an unknown woman
- Current team: Atletico Madrid
- Jersey Number: 19 at Atletico Madrid
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
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Diego Costa Birthday, Zodiac Sign and nationality
First part our article on facts about Diego Costa is about his birthday. Diego Costa Birthday is at 7 October 1988. He was born in Lagarto, Brazil. Diego Costa nationality is Spanish, although his has Brazilian roots and could have played for the Brazilian national team.
Diego Costa zodiac sign is Libra. He shares his birthday with many great stars from football and other fields. Some of the most famous figures born on 7th of October are:
Footballers: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jermain Defoe, Gilberto Silva/ Actors and Actresses: Simon Cowell/ Singers: Thom Yorke, Toni Braxton/ Politicians: Vladimir Putin
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Diego Costa Childhood and Parents
At this part we will look at the facts about Diego Costa Childhood and the family and background he grew up in.
Diego Costa was born into a football-loving family. His mother, Josiliede was a household. His father Jose de Jesus was a diehard football fan and chose to name Diego after Argentinian Legend, Diego Maradona and His other Brother, Jair after the Brazilian former star Jairzinho.
Diego Costa was born into a lower middle class family to Jose and. Diego caught the immense love for football from his father. He described his father's influence on his career in an interview years later:
"In Brazil, if you have a son, the first thing you give him is a football. That's the first gift - so my dad was no different."
Costa played a lot of street football while growing up and according to his own words, it was in the streets that he learned the physical side of the game:
"I started playing football on the streets; I grew up playing football on the streets with my friends, and that's why I was brought up the way I was. That's the school I had - the street football."
Family’s financial difficulties was one of the main challenges of teenage Diego when he first embarked on his journey as a footballer. After a failed trial at local club, Atletico Lagartense, Diego left his hometown and moved to Sao Paulo to live with his uncle, who had some connections with a local football club named Barcelona Ibiuna.
Diego's parents approved his decision because they thought it will keep him away from the influence of local gangs and drug mafia. Diego started working at his uncle's shop and soon found his way into amateur football by joining Ibiuna's academy.
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Diego Costa girlfriend, Relationships and Marital Status
The first known Diego Costa girlfriend was the Brazilian model, Michele Zuanne. Diego and Michele first met at a party at Jose Antonio Reyes’ house in February 2010 in Madrid.
They had a wonderful relationship for a few months. In an interview with the Sun newspaper, Michele revealed that the couple was attracted to each other right from the beginning and their chemistry was strong.
"He has a typical Brazilian sense of humor — a bit naughty and playful. And he was very sexy. He made me laugh and was great company. He seemed a bit lonely so it wasn’t too difficult to get close. He’s a good dancer and turned me on with his sensual moves."
Despite the strong start, the couple's relationship began to unravel first because of Diego's outbursts after his team's defeats and more importantly when he tried to make a move at Michele younger sister, Naiana.
According to Michele and Naiana, Diego was trying desperately to hook up with Naiana and even promised Naiana that he would leave Michele for her. After Naiana turned him down and told her sister about the incident, Michelle broke up with Diego immediately.
Ever since his separation from Michele, Diego has kept his private life successfully secret. He even got married once and has a child but the identity of his wife is unknown.
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Diego Costa Career
Professionally, Diego Costa career started in 2006 when he signed for Braga. Costa was loaned to penafeil and in 2007 he started his first of three career spells at Atletico Madrid. In his first three seasons as an Atletico player he was loaned to Braga, Celta and Albacete respectively.
After a successful season in Valladolid (2009-10) in which he scored 8 goals in 34 games, he returned to Atletico Madrid and this time became a key member of Los Che. His three seasons at Atletico Madrid was a huge success as Costa scored a total of 43 goals in 94 games.
Next big move for Costa was the Premier League giants, Chelsea, where enjoyed one of the most prolific periods of his career from 2014-2017. Costa was a key member of Antonio Conte's title winning side in 2016-17.
The 2016-17 season was Diego Costa best season in terms of goal scoring as he scored 22 goals and provided 8 assists in 42 games for the blues. In total Costa scored 52 goals in 89 games as a Chelsea player.
In 2018 Costa returned to Atletico Madrid for the third time in his career. Since then he has been used by Diego Simeone as a second choice striker. He also has had a dip in form which saw him only score 11 goals in 58 games so far.
Costa could play for Brazil but much to the agony of the Brazilian fans, he finally decided to play for Spain.
Diego Costa Net worth, Salary and Market Value
Diego Costa Net worth, Salary and Market Value
Diego Costa has an estimated net worth of 29 million Dollars in 2020, including all of his properties and earnings. Diego Costa market value is at 10 million Euros. Diego Costa salary in 2020 is reportedly £13.7 annually.
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Diego Costa Transfermarket stats
According to Diego Costa Transfermarket stats, he has played a total of 471 games for 7 clubs. He has scored 180 goals and has provided 71 assists for his team mates. Diego Costa Transfermarket stats shows why until recently he was considered among the best forwards in the football world.
On the international level Diego Costa has scored 10 goal in his 24 games for Spain. He also played 2 games for Brazil before finalizing the process to play for Spain.
Some Short top facts about Diego Costa
Costa was the main character of a gangster anime when he arrived in England because of his nickname as "the Hitman".
The most interesting facts about Diego Costa tattoos is that despite being one of the most high-tempered player in the world, he has no tattoos on his body yet.
Diego Costa religion is Christianity. He is a Catholic by birth.
Diego Costa is active in social media. Diego Costa Instagram account has around 3.8 million followers.
Diego Costa’s life was almost cut short when he was just a few months old. According to his mom, a deadly snake slipped in his room and went straight to his crib. In an instinctual move, his mother quickly grabbed Diego by his arms and pulled him out of his crib.
Diego Costa Height is 1.88 meters. Diego Costa weight is 85kg. Diego Costa position is Central forward. Diego Costa age is 32.
Diego Costa has invested millions of Euros on his youth football academy, Diego Costa Football club, where more than 300 kids aged from 6 to 18 is learning to play amateur football.
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Diego Costa Quote
One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on facts about Diego Costa is a look back at his most interesting and controversial quotes about himself and other players.
On his first day of working with Antonio Conte:
On Conte's first day, I told him that I wanted to join Atletico, and he was upset with me and didn't even look at me. Luckily, I started to score goals.
On his favorite goals:
It is not easy for me to pick out one goal or match as my favorite, but if I had to choose one Wembley memory, it would probably be my free-kick against Portsmouth in 2010.
On his style of playing football:
I grew up thinking a bit of pushing and shoving was completely normal. Then I suddenly learned that if you kick another player, you get in trouble. Nobody had ever reprimanded me for that before.
Goals are what count for me. It's not about a battle with defenders. Fighting hard, giving everything and working hard on the field you have to combine with the goals you score. It doesn't matter if defenders want to battle with me or not; I will just be trying to do my job as well as I possibly can.
Some people seem to think football is like theatre and that everyone has to play the good guy. But I think that you transform when you cross the white line: you're not the same person as off it.
On his favorite managers:
I think it's really important for managers to be liked by his players because ultimately, on the pitch, those players will give everything for their manager.
If you ask a million players who they would want as manager, they will come back with a top three list of Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, or Diego Simeone.
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Diego Costa achievements
We round up our article on the top facts about Diego Costa with a list of his most notable achievements at club and international level.
With Atletico Madrid:
La Liga: 2013–14, Copa del Rey: 2012–13, UEFA Europa League: 2017–18, UEFA Super Cup: three times, UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2013–14, La Liga Player of the Month: September 2013, La Liga Team of the Season: 2013–14, Trofeo EFE: 2013–14,
UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2013–14, Zarra Trophy: 2013–14, FIFPro World XI 5th team: 2013, Fastest goal in the UEFA Super Cup: 2018 (49 seconds in against Real Madrid)
Premier League: 2014–15, 2016–17, Football League Cup: 2014–15, FA Cup runner-up: 2016–17, Premier League Player of the Month: August 2014, November 2016, FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2014, PFA Team of the Year: 2014–15 Premier League.