Brazil's next superstar has been identified as the 18-year-old Adryan, with the Flamengo playmaker predicted to be a huge success in the years to come.
The youngster possesses many top-class qualities that have Brazil fans in awe, and top clubs all over the world are craving his services.
If he can continue progressing, he has the potential to become the next Kaka. All the talent is there, all he needs to do is execute it.
Adryan is an attacking midfielder with great passing and play making ability. His play style is much like a typical number 10, linking up the play from the midfield to the forwards, and creating goal scoring opportunities out of nothing.
He has sublime abilities to open up defences which can lead to many goal-scoring opportunities. Along with his great passing, he also has good dribbling.
One of the things that really catches a spectator's eye when Adryan in on the pitch is his sublime free-kick taking ability. He is able to score from either side of the pitch and with impressive accuracy.
During the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico, he was able to showcase all these great attributes.
Even though the Brazilian squad ended with a lousy fourth place finish, his performances were consistently tantalising.
After the tournament, big clubs did come calling, most notably Manchester United.
Surprisingly, Adryan wasn’t tempted by the move, opting to stay in Brazil where he broke into Flamengo’s first-team, and has so far made 27 appearances.
At 18, Adryan has found it a little difficult adapting to the side, and his appearances have been inconsistent, but he is still very young and has a lot of time to develop.
With all the raw talent at his disposal, it is hard not to envision him as a future star.
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