- Diego Costa
- Net Worth : £30.4 million
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Born on October 7 1988, in Lagarto, Sergipe, Brazil, to Josileide and José de Jesus, Diego Costa (named after Diego Maradona) began playing street football like all Brazilian kids. What is Diego Costa’s net worth?
After an unsuccessful trial at hometown team Atlético Clube Lagartense, Costa left home to work in his uncle Jarminho’s store in Sao Paulo, who used his connections to recommend Costa to Barcelona Esportiva Capela. Without any prior football coaching, Costa soon began playing professionally, earning £100 per month in wages. His brother Jair too played on the same team, albeit never professionally.
While competing in the under-18 Taça de São Paulo, his footballing skills impressed Portuguese football agent Jorge Mendes resulting in an offer at Portuguese football club Sporting Clube de Braga. Although Costa’s father was opposed to him moving off to Europe, Costa signed the contract with Braga in February 2006. Not seeing much action, he was loaned to Second Division team Penafiel and later, with Mendes’ help, got transferred to Spain’s Atlético Madrid for €1.5 million in December 2006. However, he played for Penafiel until January 2007, as he was still on loan at Braga for the remainder of the season.
Joining Atlético in July 2007, he debuted in August against Celta de Vigo in the Ciudad de Vigo tournament. Soon, he was loaned to Celta Vigo in Segunda División—an eventful and abrasive season for the volatile Costa.
In August 2008, Costa was loaned to another Segunda División side Albacete. Although an annoying practical joker for his team, he was instrumental in Albacete avoiding relegation.
Costa was then sold to Real Valladolid in July 2009, with a buy-back option of €1 million. He returned to Atlético in June 2010. From January-June 2012, he was loaned to Primera Liga’s Rayo Vallecano where he scored 10 goals from 16 matches.
Back with Atlético again, Costa scored in their 2 – 1 win against Real Madrid in the 2013 Copa del Rey final that May. This was his eighth goal of the tournament, making him top-scorer with Cristiano Ronaldo at second place with seven goals.
In July 2014, Chelsea agreed to Costa’s £32 million buy-out clause, procuring the Spanish forward for a salary of £150,000 a week. Costa justified his place at Chelsea by winning the Player of the Month in August, a feat which he repeated in November 2016. He also won the Premier League (2014-15 and 2016-17) and Football League Cup (2014-15) with Chelsea.
He rejoined Atlético—yet again—for a reported fee of £57 million in September 2017.
Costa’s awards with Atlético Madrid include UEFA Super Cup (2010 and 2012), Copa del Rey (2012-13), Supercopa de España runner-up (2013), La Liga (2013-14), UEFA Champions League runner-up (2013-14) and UEFA Europa League (2017-18).
Other awards he won include Copa del Rey top scorer (2012-13), La Liga Player of the Month (September 2013), La Liga Team of the Season (2013-14), Trofeo EFE (2013-14), UEFA Champions League Team of the Season (2013-14), and PFA Team of the Year (2014-15 Premier League).
Costa’s international duties for birth country Brazil involved just two friendlies in March 2013 after which he became a Spanish national and began representing Spain from February 2014.
At the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Costa scored three goals—two against Portugal (3 – 3 draw) and one against Iran (1 – 0 win). However, Spain made an early exit in the Round of 16 after losing to Russia (3 – 4) in the penalty shootout.
His main sponsor is Adidas. (101 Great Goals)