Brazilian born Diego Costa, who plies his trade for Atletico Madrid in Spain‘s first division, has chosen to represent Spain in next year’s World Cup. This has come a huge blow to his home country’s chances at next year’s FIFA World Cup, ironically held in Brazil. Costa had chosen last week to turn down Brazil’s call, but was formally called up to represent Spain today. He became naturalized after having lived in Spain for over five years.
Costa has stated that he decided to turn down Brazil because he has only been called up now at age 24because he is playing his best football. He has not represented Brazil before and has spent most of his career in Spain. In a heartfelt letter he wrote to the Brazilian Football Federation last week, he stated that even though he loves his native country, he also loves the country that has seen him blossom into one of the world’s best strikers.
It is not surprising that he would prefer to spearhead the returning champions attack rather than a hugely talented, but inexperienced, Brazilian team. The Seleccao will certainly miss him, but seem better off in attack than Spain does. Spain only boasts Fernando Torres, Roberto Soldado and Alvaro Negredo as its offensive threats, and would certainly be bettered by the inclusion of Costa.
Can we blame him for preferring to represent the country that gives him the best chance to win the World Cup next year? He is a wonderful player, and a good showing at the World Cup could earn him a bumper contract or a big money transfer to one of England’s top clubs.