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Tino Costa

BornJanuary 9, 1985

Alberto Facundo "Tino" Costa is an Argentine football player currently playing for La Liga club Valencia CF. His profile is that of a central midfielder and is highly lauded for his technical skill, penalty-taking, his free kick ability and his pin-point passing. Costa, commonly known as Tino, began his career in Argentina playing for local club La Terrazza. He played in the 2004 edition of the Coupe de Guadeloupe final helping his club defeat AS Gosier by a score of 3–1. His great play caught the attention of Racing Club de Paris, who offered the player a trial. Racing, who were playing in the third-tier National, signed the player and Costa played one season for the club appearing in 28 total matches scoring 3 goals. The following season, he joined Pau FC, another club in the National. At Pau, Costa appeared in 39 total matches scoring 4 goals with Pau barely avoiding relegation in both years he spent there. After leaving Pau, Costa joined his third National club in FC Sète. Costa signed with Montpellier of Ligue 2 for the 2008–09 season, after agreeing to a three-year contract. He made his debut for the club in their opening match of the season, playing the full 90 minutes in their loss to Strasbourg. He scored his first career goal for the club a few weeks later in their 4–0 demolition of Reims.On 1 July 2010, Costa joined La Liga club Valencia on a four-year contract for a transfer fee of €6.5 million. He scored his first goal for Valencia on his debut in the UEFA Champions League.
Stats: Top 10 passers in the Champions League
Stats: Top 10 passers in the Champions League
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