Diego Costa reached a personal milestone on Tuesday night as the Chelsea striker passed 50 Premier League goals with a brace in the 4-2 victory over Southampton.
After being dropped to the bench for the FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham, Costa came back with a bang – his second goal in particular was brilliant to watch.
But it was with his first – a header from Cesc Fabregas’ cross – which brought up half a century of goals in England’s top flight.
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Diego Costa’s back on the scoresheet & back in the race ? pic.twitter.com/Z1Y94RtnEK
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 26, 2017
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Arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2014, the 28-year-old’s time in west London has certainly not been without its controversy, with the Spain international developing a reputation as the league’s best pantomime villain.
Plus, there was the reported fallout with Jose Mourinho last season and the tension with Antonio Conte after Costa was linked with a January move to the Chinese Super League.
But throughout all of this, Costa has also maintained his reputation as a reliable goalscorer, and his stats remain among the best in the Premier League.
Most impressively, his goals have won more points than any other player in the division.
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Diego Costa’s game by numbers vs. Southampton:
100% take-ons completed
4 aerial duels won
Stepped up. ? pic.twitter.com/6tcbcqevfr
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 25, 2017
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– Eighth fastest player to reach the landmark in Premier League history.
– Only Andy Cole (65 games), Alan Shearer (66), Ruud van Nistelrooy (68), Fernando Torres (72), Sergio Aguero (81), Kevin Phillips (83) and Thierry Henry (83) were quicker to 50 goals.
– Costa took one game less than Luis Suarez to reach 50 goals.
– Costa’s 19 Premier League goals this season have been worth 15 points – more than any other player in the division.
Aguero – 0.75
Kane – 0.69
Costa – 0.6
Sanchez – 0.5
Lukaku – 0.49
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