A physical and confrontational striker, Diego da Silva Costa is a dual citizen of Brazil and Spain. Known for his fiery temperament, we take a look at some of the best quotes about Diego Costa.
With a superb goal average for both Atletico Madrid and Chelsea FC, Costa has represented both the Brazilian and Spanish national teams in international football.
Born in Brazil, Costa first played senior football for Portuguese team Braga, and moved around several teams, mainly on loan, before settling down with Atletico in 2010. There, he impressed with 43 league goals in 94 games, helping the club to a La Liga title.
He then moved to Chelsea in 2014, where he scored a record seven goals in his first four Premier League matches. In three competitive seasons, he netted a productive 52 goals in 89 league games, helping the London side to two Premiership triumphs.
He moved back to Atletico before recently appearing for Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro for the 2021 season.
With a long disciplinary record in the game, Costa actually represented the Brazil national team in two internationals, before deciding he wanted to play for Spain, for whom he has participated 24 times so far. He has appeared in two World Cup finals tournaments, with the recent 2018 event seeing him score twice against close rivals Portugal in an amazing 3-3 game.
Rui Bento (former Penafiel FC player)
“…..the new Kaka.”
Enrique Cerezo (Atletico Madrid president)
“…..physical presence at centre-forward has understandably distracted opposition defenders quite a lot.”
“…..battering ram of a striker: Strong, quick and tireless in his pursuit of the ball.”
Nick Dorrington (Bleacher Report journalist)
“…..up against a roaring panther.”
AS (Spanish website)
“He is our heartbeat and gives us everything…..Sometimes things aren’t going well and he is able to open up the game with his strength and technique.”
Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid team-mate)
“…..he is not just a goalscorer – he can lead the line on his own, create chances and also bully opposing defenders.”
Robbie Savage (BBC Sport journalist)
“He is one of the best strikers at this moment in football…..He is a special player.”
Jose Mourinho (Chelsea manager)
“He is looking the real deal. When it is not going as it should be for Chelsea, they have a goalscorer who can get them out of it…..He is always available. He always wants the ball to feet and if you want to push him around and bully him it is alright because he will do the same to you…..As well as goals, he can assist also. He can do pretty much everything.”
“We knew he was strong and a natural finisher, but he has quick feet and a great knowledge of the game…..He can play others in and is a complete centre-forward.”
Pat Nevin (former Chelsea player)
“Diego is always important, not only for the goals but because he is our point of reference when we are attacking.”
Antonio Conte (Chelsea manager)
“He would do more than just ruffle a few feathers and be a pain in the backside for opposition defences – he is a proven finisher.”
Micah Richards (former Manchester City player)
“…..he is a wonderful talent.”
Danny Murphy (television pundit)