Brazil national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed that he wants to use Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa for the national team. Costa is a Brazilian who is playing for the Spanish club. After being relatively unknown in the last few years, he has managed to announce himself in style this season. Following the departure of Radamel Falcao in the summer, many expected that David Villa would be the number one striker at the club. Costa, though, has broken all expectations by scoring 13 league goals this season.
This tally is only three behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who is regarded as one of the best players in the world. Costa has also scored more league goals so far than Lionel Messi, who has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award in the last four seasons. There have been rumours that Costa may decide to play for the Spanish national team. Brazil, though, do not have a quality striker, which is surprising since the national team has always had some of the best in the world like Ronaldo and Romario. After much speculation about Costa’s international future, Scolari has confirmed that he would like to pick the 24-year-old for the Brazilian national team.
Costa is eligible for both Brazil and Spain.
“Diego Costa will receive the opportunity to be called up for the World Cup. The first striker is Fred, who is injured, Diego is the second striker and I’ll have to find a third one. I intend to take him to the World Cup. If the tournament was today or tomorrow, he would be in the squad. I will call up the player for the games next month against Honduras in Miami, and Chile in Toronto,” said Scolari.
Brazil have been doing well since the arrival of Scolari, as they recently won Confederations cup.