He has now made 72 domestic appearances for Atletico Madrid scoring 29 goals. He is a well-known footballer and has played for numerous clubs and once for the Brazil national team when he was called up this year.

However in a big twist he is now set to wear the national Spain soccer jerseys from now on.

Diego Costa was born in 1988 and is now 25 years old, the first professional club he played for was S.C Braga in February 2006.

In the same summer that year he was sent on loan to F.C Penafiel in the second division. After his loan spell he was sold to Atletico Madrid for £1.5 million and 50% of the players rights.

This meant Costa would stay on loan at Braga until the end of the season, before his move to Atletico. He was then loaned a further two times to two different clubs, both in the second division.

In 2009 Costa was sold to Real Valladolid by Madrid in a deal that saw  Sergio Asenjo go in the opposite direction, a buy back option was added to the contract so this could be activated by Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

He started very well for Valladolid, scoring six times in his first 12 games which unsurprisingly led to Atletico releasing the buyback clause so he could play for them.

He stayed with Atletico until July 2011 when he was loaned out again to Rayo Vallecano where he scored 9 goals in 16 appearances. He returned to Atletico the following June.

After all of his loan spells Costa seemed to have found his feet in the Atletico Madrid team, in the 2012 - 13 season he scored 10 goals in 31 appearances and has gone one better this season by scoring 10 in 10 for the Spanish outfit.

At the beginning of August Diego signed a contract keeping him at the club until 2018, he was linked with a move to Premier League side Liverpool but this fell through.

After showing just what he is made up, Costa earned himself a call up from the Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and came on as a substitute in a friendly against Italy, replacing Brazillian striker Fred.

However this was the only game he was called up for after being left out in the cold by Scolari after that game which must have knocked Costa's confidence.

Many wondered whether Scolari had an ulterior motive and just tried to keep Spanish-Brazilian away from the national Spain team. He knew that Costa had been granted Spanish nationality in the summer.

This didn't seem to work as in September 2013 the Royal Spanish Football Federation made a request to FIFA to see if they could get permission to call Costa up to the national team.

The next month Costa declared that he wanted to play in the Spain soccer jerseys instead of the Brazil one so he sent a letter to the Brazilian Football Confederation.

In reaction to the news Luiz Felipe Scolari hit back with a comment stating ''A Brazilian player who refuses to wear the shirt of the Brazilian national team and compete in a World Cup in your country is automatically withdrawn.

He is turning his back on a dream of millions, to represent our national team, the five-time champions in a World Cup in Brazil."

Costa made it clear he would be happy to play in the Spain soccer jerseys in recent interviews where he spoke about the choice he made to play for Spain rather than Brazil.

In one report he said "It was very difficult to choose between the country where you were born and the country that has given you everything.

Costa was all ready to make his debut after being called up by the Spain coach but unfortunately two days ago he withdrew himself from the squad with a thigh injury.

Juventus striker Fernando Llorente is expected to fill in for him. He was said to be looking forward to playing in the Spain away kit in the upcoming friendly.

Costa will be hoping for a World Cup place in next year's tournament where he will face his place of birth national side Brazil, while he shows what they missed out on as he scores in the Spain soccer jerseys.

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