Looking back at it, it’s remarkable that Anderson was on Manchester United’s books for eight years. Eight years!
Sir Alex Ferguson signed the Brazilian midfielder in the summer of 2007 for a fee of around £26 million thanks to the advice of his brother, Martin, who was United’s chief scout at the time.
Martin Ferguson told his older sibling that Anderson was an even better player than Wayne Rooney and the deal was done shortly afterwards.
In fairness to Martin, though, Anderson did look the business when he was with Porto and many people in the game regarded the then-teenager as a potential superstar.
A dynamic box-to-box midfielder during his formative years, Anderson possessed pace, power, great technique and a sweet left foot that was capable of producing moments of magic during matches.
Sadly for United fans, though, they saw a completely different player at Old Trafford.
Anderson produced a handful of great performances for the Red Devils and many average ones in between.
In total, he played 181 times for the Premier League giants, scoring nine goals. He also netted one of the penalties in the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea in Moscow.
Anderson eventually left United at the start of the 2014-15 campaign, with Louis van Gaal understandably of the opinion that the South American was no longer good enough to play for the club.
Anderson's return to Brazil has been a disaster
He subsequently returned to his native Brazil, where he signed for Internacional, who has never been relegated before in their entire history.
What happened? A year later, with Anderson in their squad, Internacional were relegated from the Brazilian top flight.
He then joined Coritiba on loan. What happened? Yep, they were also relegated from the Brazilian top flight.
It turns out that Anderson, who was also relegated with Gremio back in 2004, is not a lucky omen for Brazilian teams.
Anderson's career hit rock bottom today
Now Anderson’s disappointing post-Man Utd career has just hit rock bottom.
It’s been announced today that Internacional have terminated the midfielder’s contract.
What a fall from grace
He doesn’t even turn 30 until April.
He should now be enjoying the peak years of his career but, instead, finds himself without a club.
Given his dismal record of being relegated with Brazilian clubs - he’s basically the Brazilian Nigel Quashie - he might need to move countries in order to secure his next footballing pay cheque.
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