The world of football is a funny place. Just because you are born somewhere doesn’t mean that you are limited to playing your football there. There was a little battle between Brazil and Spain last year over who would wind up with Costa’s services, and Spain won out. This outcome means he will be outfitted for La Furia Roja today, a definite miss for the Brazilian team, but one that they probably won’t mind in the end as long as the dodgy refereeing continues unabated.
As you can see from the radars below, Costa’s game has evolved over time. In two of those seasons, he was the primary goal scoring outlet (at Rayo and again with Atletico Madrid last season), while in two of those seasons he was playing second fiddle to Falcao, and his production (and radar shape) reflects that.
If you are interested in Costa beyond the stats, Sid Lowe has been churning out great stories about him for years.