Diego Costa can't win.
Before he decided which national team he'd play for at the World Cup, the 25-year-old Brazilian-born Spanish striker was the target of nationalistic taunts from fans.
"Diego Costa is not Spanish!" Real Madrid supporters chanted during a game in September.
After he decided to play for Spain, an outraged Brazilian football federation went a step further than those Madrid fans. They declared that Costa should be stripped of his Brazilian citizenship. At World Cup training in Brazil, fans taunted Costa with taunts of, "Traitor! Traitor!"
Costa became the most sought-after center forward in the world on both the club and international level this season. He scored 36 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid, leading them to the Champions League final and a deep La Liga title run.
With the eligibility to play for both Spain and Brazil, he found himself in the middle of a tense tug-of-war between the two best teams in the world.