Atletico’s Deadly Front Man
For the previous two seasons, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao had led Atletico Madrid’s attack and his goals propelled them past Valencia and into the Champions League for this season. However, this summer Falcao signed for money bags AS Monaco in the French League for €60 million, leaving Madrid’s attack seemingly dead.
Despite the initial beliefs of many, Atletico did not have to dip into the transfer market to find their replacement; in fact their new Falcao arrived 3 years ago. Brazilian born Diego Costa, who this year changed his nationality to Spanish, filled the boots of his Colombian predecessor straight away. Spain’s all time record goal scorer was also signed, David Villa left Barcelona for Madrid after 3 years in Cataluña.
The raining Copa de Rey champions have seen Costa turn into a goal scoring machine this season, with Liverpool’s summer interest now becoming heavily understood. The Spaniard has established himself as a huge threat in the air and his finishing is seeing him put away chances that many wouldn’t even take on. In the only league Madrid derby so far this season, Costa made the difference with his cool one-on-one finish saw Atletico win 1-0.
Not only has Diego Costa been a hit in the league but he is rapidly becoming one of the best strikers in European football. The 6 foot 2 inch front man has five Champions League goals already and only last night he scored a memorable last minute winner at the San Siro, against AC Milan in the round of 16. Overall he has notched up a stunning 27 goals so far this season with 3 months to go of the 2013-2014 campaign.
Diego Costa will be fighting for a place in Spain’s World Cup squad this year, despite having made 2 appearances for Brazil. Due to the fact his two appearances were in friendlies, Costa has been allowed to change to Spain due to his lengthily residency in the country. However, he faces rivalry from Alvaro Negredo, Roberto Soldado and Fernando Torres for his place amongst a plethora of other striking talents.
So, with Atletico Madrid regarded as one of the dark horses in with a shot of winning the Champions League this year, will Diego Costa continue to help with cause with goals galore?
By Kobe – Sports Correspondent
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