Football: In-form Diego Costa firing Atletico Madrid's perfect La Liga start
MADRID (REUTERS) - While Lionel Messi has, as usual, been hogging the headlines in the early weeks of the Spanish La Liga season, another South American, Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, has hit a rich vein of form to join the Argentine on seven goals at the top of the La Liga scoring chart.
Combative Brazil forward Costa has started the campaign with a bang, easing into the gap left by departed striker Radamel Falcao, and his performances have helped Diego Simeone's side match Messi's Barcelona with a perfect six wins from their opening six games.
The 24-year-old netted a double in Tuesday's 2-1 home win over Osasuna, prompting former Argentina captain Simeone to say Costa had the talent to go as far as he wanted.
Costa is tall and powerful in the air, has excellent touch and vision, and is always a handful for opposition defences, who find it tough to cope with his physical approach and constant harrying that sometimes pushes the boundaries of fair play.