“I have never hurt anyone,” he said in 2017. Quiz! "Adriano had a father who looked after him a lot and kept him in line. “And now he’s more lonely than ever. Powerful, supremely talented and … He may have curbed his partying, but the belly he so proudly displays on his Instagram account suggests Adriano isn’t massively interested in training hard enough to give his career the spectacular ending that it warrants. FourFourTwo is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Adriano is now 36, but still resembles a child – albeit one who is slightly better behaved than he once was. A powerful striker known for his long range left footed strikes, Adriano's career was however marked by inconsistency. Before she fell in love with her boss, the brunette was in a long-term relationship with JP Huillet, who was her partner on MKR season seven. In the immediate aftermath of that final, Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira had seemed shocked by just how brilliantly Adriano had performed. Later that month, the striker rescinded his contract with Inter. There was only one man he wanted to pay tribute to after the match. One event more than any other transformed Adriano from Ronaldo's heir to a shell of a man who barely kicked a ball after his 30th birthday. Just days before Brazil travelled to Germany for the 2006 World Cup – a competition for which they were favourites, thanks to a glittering array of talent that included Ronaldinho, Kaka and Adriano himself – he put on a shindig for his pals. Barely two weeks after the club were crowned champions, however, The Emperor lost his new groove. Can you name every current Premier League manager. The strike won over any Corinthians fans still sceptical about his signing. Former Inter Milan striker Adriano was once hailed as the next big thing in football. “He is my great friend in life; my partner. He also won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2005. Just weeks ago, he had become a national hero when he scored an equaliser in the Copa America final against Argentina. But at the start of the [2004-5] season, something unimaginable happened," he recalled to InterNews. He was sent off for headbutting Santos full-back Domingos, then fined by his club for arriving late to training and getting into a heated exchange with a photographer. “It was at a club called Quebra Mar, near the future site of Rio’s Olympic Park,” a longtime friend of his recalls to FFT. “Adriano had a father who looked after him a lot and kept him in line,” former Inter team-mate Javier Zanetti said in an interview last year. However, mentally, the damage seemed irreparable. © he was pretty good. The Brazilian was called a mix between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo Nazario by his club teammates. Leo Moura, a title-winning team-mate of his at Flamengo, still believes that Adriano could make a comeback with the Rubro-Negro. More features you’d love on FourFourTwo.com. This is before he joined Serie A side AS Roma a year later. He scored twice in his competitive debut against Guaratingueta. It turned out to be the major reason for the decline of one of the brightest football talents in the world. One of the best strikers in the world in the mid 2000s, he had five prolific seasons in Italy with Parma and Inter Milan, earning the nickname L'Imperatore, before a decline in his performances which coincided with the death of his father. “Sometimes the parties would be in his apartment, but Corinthians kept an eye on what was happening there, so sometimes we went to nightclubs. Sometimes he visits friends in Vila Cruzeiro, the northern Rio favela where he grew up. Also Read | Ronaldo Nazario reveals the REAL reason why he left Inter Milan to join Real Madrid. His father, Almir, had recently been suffering from ill health. A post shared by Adriano imperador (@adrianoimperador) on Nov 19, 2019 at 4:50am PST, Also Read | Juventus vs Inter Milan to be played behind closed doors after Italy Coronavirus outbreak. Let us look at Adriano’s controversial career. Adriano’s last great moment came with Corinthians in November 2011. Without him I am nothing.”. This was a footballer with the same awe-inspiring combination of blistering pace, startling power, nimble footwork and Pro Evo-approved thunderous shooting as the original Ronaldo, and he was getting a lot of people very excited. Some were in the Comando Vermelho (Red Command), one of Brazil’s biggest criminal gangs. Adriano The young Brazilian is performing miracles at Flamingo and has impressed his whole country. 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However, due to disciplinary issues, his deal with Sao Paulo FC was not extended and he returned to Italy. The player decided to hang his boots in 2016 after his stint with the USA side Miami United. Nelly went public with Adriano in 2017 … It was already the beginning of the end. “Adriano drank mostly beer – alcohol was more than enough,” he says, rejecting claims that drug-taking was rife at these gatherings. This feature originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of FourFourTwo. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, "Adriano had a father who looked after him a lot and kept him in line. He’s a good boy now.”. All rights reserved. Nine days after his son’s moment of glory in Peru, he died of a heart attack, aged 45. The striker couldn't escape depression. “He will play in the next three World Cups, for sure.” Instead, Adriano’s career was soon completely derailed. Adriano could not contain his emotions and threw away his phone after hearing the tragic news. 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