Former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui showed his faith in the Brazilian-born forward, who has the ability to take on any defence single-handedly. A Spain player since 2014, having featured at the FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil that year, Costa is a tireless fighter.
As well as keeping central defenders occupied, Costa can hold the ball up and play with his back to goal, while his power makes him a threat when bursting into space. Constantly on the move and looking to create space, he is invariably in the right place at the right time. His return to Atletico Madrid has proved to be a success, and after working his way back to full fitness thanks to some arduous boxing sessions, he has rediscovered his very best scoring form.