|Diego Costa Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1¼ in|
|Date of Birth||October 7, 1988|
Diego Costa is a Spanish professional footballer who is best known for his career as a striker for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Spain national team. He has also been a part of teams like Braga, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Celta, and Rayo Vallecano in the past. During the course of his career, Diego has won several tournaments such as La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Europa League, Premier League, Football League Cup, Copa do Brasil, and has been the recipient of honors like La Liga‘s “Player of the Month”.
Diego da Silva Costa
The Beast, El Cholo, The Guv’nor
Lagarto, Sergipe, Brazil
Diego Costa grew up in Lagarto, which is a small provincial town in Northern Brazil, so the information about his early education is not available.
However, in many interviews, he has revealed that he did receive regular education unlike some other South American football superstars. Also, he did use to get good grades to please her mother.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – José de Jesus Costa (Worked as an agricultural laborer)
- Mother – Josileide Costa (Housewife)
- Siblings – Jair Costa (Older Brother) (Former Amateur Football Player)
Jorge Mendes from Gestifute Management Agency.
At Atlético Madrid and Chelsea FC’s 2016-2017 season, his shirt number used to be 19.
6 ft 1¼ in or 186 cm
86 kg or 189.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Diego Costa has dated –
- Michele Zuanne (2010) – Diego Costa met Michele Zuanne in a party held at his Atlético Madrid teammate Jose Antonio Reyes’ house in Madrid in February 2010. Soon, Michele, who is a Brazilian glamour model moved in within him. However, within eight months, their relationship started unraveling when Diego started hitting on her younger sister Naiana Zuanne. He met her at the beach during holidays in Brazil and soon started making sexual advances. However, she informed her older sister about his advances. Michele, who claimed to be pregnant at that time dumped him.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Brazilian ancestry.
- Muscular physique
- Overaged face
- Marks on his face
- Curly black hair
- Towering height
Diego Costa has a brand endorsement contract with the sportswear giant Adidas. Before signing the endorsement deal with the German company in February 2014, he is said to have snubbed interest from Nike and Puma. As part of the deal, he had to wear adizero f50 range of boots on the pitch. During 2016-2017 season, he was pictured wearing the new Adidas X 15+ Primeknit soccer cleats.
Best Known For
- Leading Atlético Madrid to their first La Liga title since 1996 in 2013 / 2014 season. He scored 27 goals in 35 matches in the league.
- Switching his international allegiance from his birth country Brazil to Spain, where he had played for more than seven years and had become a naturalized citizen.
- Winning English Premier League with Chelsea in the 2014-2015 season.
- His aggressive and bruising style of play.
- His provocative and violent behavior on the pitch. He has been seen stamping (including the incident with Emre Can and Martin Skrtel while playing against Liverpool) and elbowing his opponent on a number of occasions.
- Lack of sporting behavior.
First Soccer Match
Diego Costa played his debut match for Atlético Madrid against Celta de Vigo in the Ciudad de Vigo tournament on August 11, 2007. He came on as a half-time substitute for Portuguese international Simao in a match won by Madrid on penalties.
On July 27, 2014, he made his debut for the English club Chelsea FC in a pre-season friendly fixture against Slovene club Olimpija. He managed to secure on his debut after gathering Cesc Fàbregas through ball.
He made his Brazil international debut on March 5, 2013, in a friendly match against Italy in Geneva. He was sent in as a second-half substitute for Fred by Brazilian national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
On March 5, 2014, he achieved a unique distinction of making his second international debut for his new national team against the same team he had made his first international debut against. He was in Spanish playing eleven for the friendly match against Italy at Vicente Calderón Stadium, which was his then club’s home ground.
- Clinical Finishing
- Hold Up Play
- Aerial Prowess
- Lateral movement in the final third
- Gets too aggressive
- Sometimes sulks during the match
Diego Costa’s playing style which involves holding off opposition defenders to distribute balls to his attacking teammates requires a lot of upper body strength. The upper body strength also helps get off the opponents in the attacking third. He undergoes upper body focused gym training sessions to further improve his game.
While playing for Atletico, he used to have lots of fresh fish with steamed vegetables. This diet was followed by most of his teammates and was recommended by coach Diego Simeone for low-fat content and great muscle recovery prowess.
Diego Costa Favorite Things
- Club – Atlético Madrid
- Manager – Diego Simeone
Source – Sky Sports
Diego Costa Facts
- Diego Costa inherited his love for football from his dad Jose de Jesus.
- Diego is named by his dad after the Argentine great Diego Maradona. Diego’s older brother Jair has been named after the elegant and flamboyant Brazilian winger Jairzinho, who was one of the finest players around in 1970’s.
- He had a very humble beginning.
- Diego attributes his “take no prisoner” style of play to his childhood games. His hometown Lagarto didn’t have grass pitches or any organized club football. So more than often, he was playing out on the streets and with kids who were more than two to three years older than him. Those matches played on the streets had no rules or conventional time period. The game ended when everyone was tired and only thing that mattered was who scored more goals.
- Although he is very close to his older brother Jair, the two siblings had their fair share of tussles while growing up. In an interview given to Dailymail, Diego revealed that the worst thing growing up was to play against his brother. They had to be in the same team otherwise things more than often turned ugly.
- In modern football, where talented players often get snapped up by local academies by the age of 12, Diego wasn’t associated with any academy until 15.
- He had moved to Sao Paulo to work with his uncle Jarminho at 15, who had his own store. He used to accompany his uncle to Paraguay, from where they used to bring a truckload of goods to sell at the store. Fortunately, his uncle used his connections to get him signed up with Barcelona Esportiva Capela. He was paid hundred pounds per month at the club.
- When he was discovered by the influential Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes, he wasn’t supposed to be playing in the tournament. He was suspended for four months for very typical Diego Costa behavior. He had slapped his rival player in the match and then abused the referee when he was issued a red card for the offense.
- His move to Europe with transfer to Portuguese club Braga brought its own challenges for the teenager. Suffering from homesickness, he wanted to return home within a month of joining the new club and he had to be convinced by his father to stay strong.
- To say that he has a kind of negative image amongst most rival fans would be a massive understatement and, his over-the-top aggression and antics certainly don’t help his case. However, he is far from the villain he is portrayed as. For example, he has opened a soccer school in his hometown and takes responsibility of all the expenses for it. Almost 200 students are enrolled in it and his childhood friend Junior Menezes helps run the school.
- In modern football, special emphasis is placed on body recovery. However, Costa wasn’t too aware of the concept early in his career. While at Spanish club Celta Vigo, he used to play football with his friend at 11 pm on the university ground.
- Diego is not a man to mess with and two thieves learned it a hard way. Once while returning from a match, his team bus stopped at a service station and he got down along with his teammates. On returning to the bus, he found two individuals stealing stuff. Diego’s teammates had to sprint after him as he took off after the thieves, shouting profanities in Portuguese and snarling in such a manner that he looked like a madman.
- His former loan club Albacete administrator Vicente Ferre de la Rosa revealed that on one occasion, he had a p*rn movie playing at a very high volume. When the neighbor, who was an old woman, asked him to turn the volume down, Diego is reported to have asked her that doesn’t she like making love.
- He once killed his Yorkshire terrier accidentally. He was reversing his car when the incident happened. Costa was depressed for almost a month and broke down in front of his Atletico teammate Paulo Assuncao.
- Diego has often professed his love for his former club and has claimed that he owes his career to them. And, the way club has looked after him warrants such affection. The club hierarchy made every decision keeping his character and behavior in mind. He was sent on a loan to Celta Vigo instead of Malaga because club director felt he would lose focus in the city known for nightlife. Also, they had people at Celta Vigo that constantly kept his parent club informed about every little thing.
- Visit his official website @ www.diegocostaofficial.com.