Great stature, a deadly left-foot, strength and prone to controversy - do you remember Brazilian striker Adriano?
There is no doubt whatsoever that in 2004 one of the best players in the world was Adriano.
Back then, when he was only 22, the football world was overwhelmed with the forward's potential. Not only had he scored 15 goals in 16 matches for Inter, but he also shined for his national team.
However, as the years went by, the striker went off course. Adriano was not considered part of Roberto Mancini's plans anymore, and lost his place in Inter. He decided to return to his homeland, and played for two huge Brazilian clubs, São Paulo and Flamengo - but he was never the same.
In 2010 he returned to Italy for AS Roma, but never succeeded in his new club. His last attempt was in 2011 in Corinthians, but he was once again, a failure.
After two years of inactivity, Adriano decided to comeback to the football world, what is being called his "last chance". The club that accepted the striker is Atlético Paranaense, the same club that formed Fernandinho, now in Manchester City, and Jadson, the ex-Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder.
Brazilian media are considering this attempt a crazy move. Not only is Adriano out of shape, but he also has lots of problems outside the pitch. However, they agree that this risky shot can turn out to be a grat marketing strategy in the future.
The player promised that he changed and is looking forward for a new opportunity to show that he can still be the old Adriano. If he plays 50% of his potential, Atlético Paranaense will have made a great deal.
Undoubtedly he is an unique player, that's why many Brazilians were disappointed with the path that his career followed, because Adriano once was considered the natural replacement of the legendary striker Ronaldo in the national squad.
Only time will tell us if Adriano can be, now at 31 years old, the striker he once was.
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