Premier League fans will remember Diego Costa as an animal on the pitch – but it turns out he was a party animal off it!
The maverick former Chelsea striker turned the conservatory of his Surrey mansion into a nightclub, decking it out with a state-of-the-art sound system and top of the range lighting equipment.
And as if that wasn't mad enough, the Brazilian-born Spain international ordered it to be dismantled brick-by-brick and shipped over to Madrid so he could rebuild the structure exactly as it was after he was sold to Atletico, according to The Sun.
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Costa, who spent three entertaining years at Stamford Bridge, isn't the only footy star to have installed a nightclub in his house. Former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri built one in his £6m Cheshire home after he signed for Manchester City, while Chelsea new boy Raheem Sterling did the same did the same a few years ago.
The Blues won two titles in three seasons with Costa leading the line, though he left the club abruptly after falling out with Antonio Conte in 2017 by pushing for a move to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian mid-way through the campaign after they offered the striker a mammoth wage to jump ship.
After being informed he wasn't part of the Italian's plans for the upcoming season, Costa went AWOL and flew to Brazil. Over the next few months he was pictured driving rally cars and quad-bikes and partying like his life depended on it as he waited for his future to be sorted.
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Chelsea eventually agreed to sell Costa back to former club Atletico, though the move didn't go through until January 2018, despite the fact the Blues had already bought his replacement – Alvaro Morata.
Throughout his time in English football, Costa proved himself a master of the dark arts, for which he was condemned and lauded in equal measure. He constantly clashed with opponents, throwing his weight around before happily throwing his body to the floor in glorious cynicism.
Though his goals and relentless tenacity proved invaluable for Chelsea, who have looked almost completely impotent up front since he left. Costa was never the same either after leaving west London, which makes their sudden break-up seem all the more perplexing in hindsight.
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