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DIego Costa, like Didier Drogba, works to improve young lives off the pitch

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Diego Costa has been an easy target for the media lately, but on Monday, Costa spoke to Chelsea's website about his humanitarian work off the pitch. More specifically, Diego has been working on an academy in his hometown of Lagarto:

‘I started with this project with the help of my agent, and the main goal is to open some doors for the kids that I didn’t have open for myself. I wanted to help the kids stay away from the streets, stay away from drugs, and the academy can only bring new things to these kids. There is more to win than to lose.'

‘The school is not a big thing yet. I originally thought I had to give something back to my city, that’s why I created this. Lagarto is a small town so it will grow little by little.'

‘We’ve got great professionals working in there. The kids have food, good medication, a good quality of life, there is nothing missing. The coaches are always happy and open to help with anything. Some of the kids may not become professionals in the future but they will be better people.'

‘The main target is education rather than football. I want children to attend the school and not miss any days. I don’t have any lucrative aim, and I am happy to have this school.’

That sounds a lot like one of the other center forwards on the Chelsea roster, doesn't it?