Many talented Brazilian players over the years have chosen to naturalize in other countries and play for other national sides in international competition. So why has Diego Costa‘s decision to play for Spain instead of Brazil been so controversial? Costa has come under massive scrutiny in his homeland, and Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is furious with the Athletico Madrid star’s decision.
There are so many talented Brazilian’s playing all across the globe, making various contributions on different continents. Players such as Deco, Pepe, Cacau and many other talented Brazilians have gone the way of naturalization.
Brazilian supporters have been a little more accepting of those instances mainly because those players were never called up to the senior squad. With all the talented Brazilian soccer players across the globe, the Brazilian National team is a hard squad to get into, especially with the instability at manager over the past decade.
Some Brazilians, regardless of being called up to the senior squad or not, have kept allegiance to their country and shown patience with being brought up in to the Brazilian setup. Which is why so many people were surprised at Costa’s decision considering he has been called up to the senior squad in the past. With his current form, Costa had to believe that he would be a part of Scolari’s World Cup plans.
Costa claims that Spain is where he has grown and developed as a soccer player, and that’s his reasoning for choosing Spain over Brazil. There could be other factors going in to his decision as well, the main factor being playing time.
Spain’s front line doesn’t really scare anyone right now; Fernando Torres, Alvaro Negredo, Roberto Soldado, David Villa and Fernando Llorente are in decent form, but not in comparison to the performances Costa has put in this season. Spain has the undisputed best midfield in the world, but their forwards leave much to be desired.
On the other hand, Brazil’s forwards may be the strength of their squad with the likes of Neymar, Fred and Hulk leading the squad. Brazil seems like a harder lineup to break into considering Scolari pretty much fields the same front line every game, and Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque is always searching for a focal point to his attack in front his illustrious midfield.
It will be interesting to see how Costa is received in his homeland during the World Cup, and more importantly how he performs for Spain. If Brazil happens to win the World Cup, I’m sure he will be kicking himself. On the other hand, if Spain wins, it will look like he made the right decision.