Diego Costa's ill-fated, horse placenta-ridden attempts to be fit to play in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final didn't even last 10 minutes. The Atletico Madrid striker limped off after his first, and as it turned out, only meaningful action.
That forced Atletico boss Diego Simeone to turn to little used substitute forward Adrian Lopez. Here is how Twitter reacted to Costa's short and slightly embarrassing stint in the spotlight of the final.
Website 101GratGoals.com got the ball rolling with a look at the more humorous response to Costa's ailment. Here are some of the best zingers sent Costa's way, beginning with Gazzetta dello Sport Spanish correspondent Filippo Ricci:
Only fools and horses #DiegoCosta— Filippo Ricci (@filippomricci) May 24, 2014
Times reporter Tony Barrett was quick to point out what Costa's injury means for the credibility of horse placenta treatment:
Sales of horse placenta have just nosedived.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) May 24, 2014
Seeing Costa shuffle off the pitch so early, left Prenderville's fellow Mirror reporter Dave Kidd far from impressed:
Horse placenta. Foal's gold.— Dave Kidd (@dkidd_SMirror) May 24, 2014
Taking a step away from those whose funny bones were tickled by the incident, Guardian writer Sid Lowe bemoaned Atletico having risked Costa in the first place. Lowe cited that the approach hasn't exactly worked in recent matches:
Third big game in which they have risked Costa. Third time he has had to go early. Adrian on.— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) May 24, 2014
Lowe's point is well taken, although it's equally easy to see why Simeone opted to roll the dice. Costa has after all, netted 36 goals this season, per ESPNFC.com. He is a true talisman.
Meanwhile, BBC Sport reporter Phil McNulty brings the narrative back round to that pesky horse placenta:
Cancels order for horse placenta...— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) May 24, 2014
Finally, ex-Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City striker Michael Owen gave his thoughts:
Absolutely certainty that Costa would last a matter of minutes. Unless you've suffered muscle injuries its hard to understand.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) May 24, 2014
Owen knows a thing or two about nursing injuries. The prime of his career was wrecked by similar ailments to the one that blighted Costa.
Owen spent most of his playing days switching between recoveries and setbacks. The inevitability of Costa's break down only serves as a reminder of the dangers of desperation.