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Diego Costa
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer
Desc Chelsea’s raging bull, Costa terrorised opposition defences during his three years at the club. In that time he scored 52 goals from 89 league appearances, scoring a number of pivotal goals in the title run-in under Antonio Conte. A forceful presence who knew how to lead the line all by himself


Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC

2014 03 01 Retrieve

[Diego Costa on his feud with Sergio Ramos] I fought and tussled with Ramos. If I have to hit him, I’ll hit him. If he has to hit me, he’ll hit me, but always in a loyal way, always within the bounds of the game

2014 03 08 Retrieve

[Diego Costa on the overcoming of the Spain duo’s on-field spat] Sergio Ramos and I are almost like brothers now

2014 08 16 Retrieve

[Diego Costa referring to the goal he scored for Atletico Madrid against his current club in the semi-finals of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League] Now I can say I am very sorry for this match and winning at Stamford Bridge. I apologise to have scored and eliminated Chelsea

2016 08 06 Retrieve

[Quotes on Zlatan Ibrahimovic] Zlatan is a beast. He is one of those players that I like because of his character and his quality. He is among the best strikers in football history

2019 09 10 Retrieve

[Diego Costa says Antoine Griezmann does not deserve to be criticised for leaving Atletico Madrid to join Barcelona, saying it was the striker’s dream to play with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi] [Griezmann’s] dream was to play with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. As a footballer you always want to test yourself and it is normal that he would want to play there, to see if he can be an important player as he was at Atleti. We cannot say anything bad

If all that with the video hadn’t happened, it would have been a quiet exit

[Atletico splashed out a club record €126m to sign Joao Felix from Benfica as Griezmann’s replacement] When he arrived, you could tell he was a quiet person who listens. He doesn’t act like a star, and that is good. That’s how it is in our dressing room. When a person arrives and sees that the dressing room is quiet, he enters that dynamic. He arrived here and showed his quality against Real Madrid, against Juventus, in training. The people can see that he has a gift

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Diego Costa says Antonio Conte may have won league titles in Italy and England, but the Inter coach would not last a season in charge of Real Madrid] [Conte and I] had problems off the pitch, but I think he is a really good manager. I have no hard feelings towards Conte, but to be a top, top manager, he needs to change the human side of his management. He is very suspicious. At a team like, say, Real Madrid, he would never last a season

[Although he was born in Brazil, Costa made just two appearances for the national team before switching his allegiance to Spain. The striker faced criticism for his decision, but he says former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari made it an easy one] After the friendly against Russia, he said he would call me up again because I hadn’t played many minutes. I think it was just to get in my head. I remember several forwards were injured but Scolari would not select me. I stayed quiet, but wasn’t selected for the Confederations Cup. The possibility of Spain emerged and I accepted. How could I say no? Suddenly, they started saying Scolari wanted me. Well, he never called me once. How could it be that he wanted me? I then saw it written that I had ruined the dreams of millions of Brazilians. Why not say that he didn’t look for me? Then it’s simple.