With the Champions League draw pitting two great sides in AC Milan and Atletico Madrid against one another, it brings an interesting matchup between two of the world’s best strikers, Mario Balotelli and Diego Costa.
If you were a manager, who would you sign?
This is not to say that either of these players are among those rumored to be moving on in January. It is simply a hypothetical question. Both forwards are big, imposing figures and are great finishers. Costa tends to use his strength to move defenders, while Balotelli is a little more skillful on the ball.
In terms of stats this season, Balo has scored six times in 11 games while providing three assists. His shot accuracy is not great at 55 percent, but he is always a danger inside the penalty area. Speaking of penalties, Super Mario has only missed one in competitive fixtures — ever.
Costa has scored an insane 17 goals in 15 matches. This ratio is only bettered by Luis Suarez. His shot accuracy is very good at 70 percent and he has created 25 chances so far this year. Balo, despite losing in goals and accuracy, is better in the air and wins more take-ons and headers than Costa.
One must also think of the competition. Italian teams tend to play more pragmatic and conservative styles focused on defensive discipline, while Spanish clubs prefer free-flowing and flair-filled football that leaves holes open in defense. That being said, Costa did score against a star-studded Real Madrid side back in September.
Mario brings excitement to the table. There is always an air of unpredictability when he is on the field, which is exciting in itself. What he also brings is a temper, and he is known to lose his cool when things aren’t going his way. The same thing could be said about Costa, though it has happened far less.
So there it is, everything you need to know to make your decision about these two wonderful players. Again, this is purely hypothetical and money does not matter – as it wouldn’t matter for any club that would be able to be in the market for these two. If you would like, feel free share your choices in the comment section below!