Costa's 17 Premier League goals have fired Chelsea to the brink of the title this season.
Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic, 35, has been a revelation for Manchester United since joining from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer last summer.
The Swedish striker now has 28 goals in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Phil Babb thinks Diego Costa is a better striker than Zlatan Ibrahimovic
But former Liverpool defender Babb insists he prefers Costa, 28, to Ibrahimovic.
“Because of age and that fire I’ve got to go for Costa," Babb told Sky Sports.
"He’s going to give you a lot more.
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“Ibra’s going to call it a day in 12 months or whatever but Costa is a bit of a leader.
“You want him up front when it’s a scruffy game, you know he’s going to put himself about.
"You don’t always get that from Zlatan.”
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