Most of Europe’s top soccer teams, as well as the national teams of Brazil and Spain, want Diego CostaÂ to play for them. Here’s why.
The red-hot Atletico Madrid striker scored a superb solo goal Tuesday in his team’s 3-0 victory over Austria Vienna in the UEFA Champions League.
In the 20th minute, Costa dribbled more than half the length of the field, beating defenders with speed and skill before slotting his shot past goalkeeperÂ Heinz Lindner. The goal put Atletico up 2-0 and he struck again in the second half, as the Spanish club cruised to victory.
Costa has now scored 12 goals in 12 games (in all competitions) this season and he currently tops La Liga (Spain’s first division) with 10 goals — more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The Brazilian-born goal machine recently acquired Spanish citizenship and can now choose to play for either Spain or Brazil (for whom he played in two exhibition games earlier this year).Â Both countries are among the favorites to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We can think of worse problems for a soccer player to have.
See Costa’s solo goal against Austria Vienna below.