Diego Costa is currently the hottest striker in Europe and probably the most wanted striker in world football - wanted by top European clubs and even, the very best footballing countries in the world want him in their national set-up. The Atletico Madrid striker is eligible to represent the most successful country in the history of football - Brazil by virtue of birth and he can also pitch tent with reigning world champions Spain due to him having a Spanish passport. Its been a Tug of War between the two football powerhouses over Costa, until yesterday when the 25 year old decided to listen to our advice (SEE HERE) by choosing to dance with La Furia Roja over Samba.
Albeit playing for Brazil against Italy and Russia in two organised friendly matches, Costa renounced his Brazilian heritage as he chose to Represent Spain, a decision which he was entitled to make on residency grounds having lived in Spain for over five years.
As expected, his decision was always going to cause uproar on Brazilian soil and National coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who decided against bringing Costa along for last summer’s victorious Confederations Cup campaign, reacted with acute disappointment. “A Brazilian player who refuses to wear the shirt of the Brazilian national team and compete in a World Cup in his country can only be automatically called off,” he said. “He has turned his back on the dream of millions, to represent the five-time champions at a World Cup in Brazil.”
However, the president of Brazilian football Jose Maria Marin has not accepted Costa’s decision to switch nationality – insisting his country will “use every legal means possible (to stop Costa playing for Spain) … Brazil is going to fight to the end, this is not over”
World War III?