Sir Alex Ferguson signed Anderson in the summer of 2007, for a fee of around £26 million, after his brother claimed the Brazilian midfielder was an even better player than Wayne Rooney.
Martin Ferguson was Manchester United’s chief scout at the time and was astounded by the South American’s eye-catching performances at Porto during the 2006-07 campaign.
He wasn’t the only one. Many people thought that Anderson was the real deal and capable of becoming one of European football’s most productive attacking midfielders.
Anderson played similar to Renato Sanches during his time at Porto and had similar technique and build to the Portuguese star who joined Bayern Munich from Benfica earlier this year.
However, unlike Sanches, Anderson flopped in Europe after joining Manchester United.
Anderson regularly frustrated United fans
Although the South American put in a few decent performances during his eight(!) years with United - and he scored in the Champions League final shoot-out against Chelsea in 2008 - Anderson struggled at Old Trafford and regularly frustrated fans.
He couldn’t keep himself fit, either, hence why he only made 181 appearances for United between 2007 and 2015.
Anderson joined Internacional last year
Anderson spent the 2013-14 season on loan with Fiorentina, where he also failed to shine, before returning to Brazil and signing for Internacional last year.
Internacional have never been relegated in their history, but that all changed on Sunday.
Internacional relegated for first time ever on Sunday
The Porto Alegre side, per Goal, required a victory in their final match of the season against Fluminense - and for other results to go their way - in order to avoid the drop to Serie B.
But a 1-1 draw meant Internacional were relegated to the second tier of Brazilian football.
Anderson is now a second division player
Anderson played the full 90 minutes but failed to inspire his side to what would have been a crucial victory.
Subsequently, he will now spend next season as a second division player.
Anderson was suspended in October for punching teammate
Internacional’s relegation marks a new career low for Anderson, who was suspended by his current employers back in October for punching a teammate during training.
Tensions boiled over and Anderson punched the Brazil Under-23 star William during the altercation.
Anderson in happier times
Let’s take a look at some of Anderson’s happier moments…
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