Forget Falcao - Liverpool's failed £22m summer target will be the star of the World Cup

Diego Costa has scored 15 goals in as many La Liga games this season and is likely to take the World Cup by storm - whoever he plays for.

Picture the scene: Spain are up against hosts Brazil. It is the 90th minute. The scores are level but a winner is in sight.

Xavi and Andres Iniesta work their magic; the ball falls to Diego Costa in the penalty area.

Coolly, he dispatches the goal that makes history and ruins the World Cup hopes of his home nation, putting Spain through to the next round.

What drama. The headlines would write themselves. Who else but a Brazilian-born Spain striker could generate such excitement?

A name widely touted has been Radamel Falcao, the forward who has taken the world by storm these last few years.

“I think Falcao will be the best player at the World Cup," Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said in November.

"He has great qualities and a team that supports him at all times. He is smart and very technical and that is why he is one of the best centre-forwards in the world.

"I am proud to be the coach of a team which has Falcao. He is a unique player and any coach would want to have him in their team.”

But consider the source. Which national coach would not talk up his star player?

Granted, Colombia will be in their natural habitat of South America, with a supporting cast of the highest order to aid Falcao.

Yet it is not like Costa, if he does turn out for Spain, will lack support in a team of world champions. And there is arguably no one in better form than the 25-year-old the world across.

If only Liverpool were successful with their £22 million bid in the summer. Costa, Suarez and Sturridge - the SSS formation - would have sent shivers down Premier League spines.

However he signed a new deal with Atletico and has been imperious this term. Three goals in two Champions League appearances, allied with 15 goals in as many La Liga games, have made Costa a vital component in Atletico Madrid's charge towards glory this season.

And, if Costa somehow turned out for hosts Brazil at the showpiece event, his impact would be even bigger.

So either way, it is time to forget Falcao - all eyes will be on Diego Costa this summer.

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