Birth date 17 Feb 1982 (35 years)
Nationality Brazil Brazil
Position Forward
Team history
Miami United F.C. 2016 - present
Clube Atlético Paranaense 2014
Corinthians 2011 - 2012
Flamengo 2012
AS Roma 2010 - 2011
Flamengo 2009 - 2010
Inter Milan 2004 - 2009
Sao Paulo Futebol Club 2008 (loan)
Parma 2002 - 2004
Fiorentina 2002 (loan)
Inter Milan 2001 - 2002
Flamengo 2000 - 2001

Adriano Leite Ribeiro is a Brazilian football player who plays as a striker. Once rated amongst the top strikers of the world, Adriano would quickly find a way to sink his form, making himself infamous for winning the most number of Bidone d’Oro award, given to the worst player in Italian football.

Adriano began his career with Flamengo, rising through the youth academy in 1999 and earning a place in the first team. In his 19 games with Flamengo, Adriano caught a lot of attention with his 7 goals and, especially, his incredibly powerful physique, great dribbling skills and rasping shots on goal.

He moved to Internazionale Milano as a young striker with immense potential and there were a lot of hopes from his presence in Italy. His Italian stint began by being loaned out to Fiorentina in 2001-02, following which a two-year co-ownership deal was signed with Parma.

Along with Adrian Mutu, Adriano gave Parma a formidable edge up front, scoring 22 goals in 36 games despite missing a month out on injury, during his first season. His second season wasn’t as profitable, but he returned to Inter in 2004, after just a few games for Parma in that year. Adriano began a four-year stint at Inter with a 40-goal season, in 2004-05, in all competition.

His off-field antics were letting the entire coaching staff down and Roberto Mancini started putting him on the bench. Adriano’s poor performances came after the signing of a new contract, in 2005, that extended his stay until 2010. He was even sent out to Sao Paolo, in 2008, on an unpaid leave, to recover from his poor physical conditioning and battles with alcohol.

Adriano decided to move permanently and, in 2009, moved to Flamengo. Over the next season, he played 31 games but was struggling to get back to fitness, even though he scored 19 goals in that period. In 2010-11, he gave another shot at Italy, when AS Roma signed him but things stayed the same as five games later, Adriano was back to his old antics again.

In 2011, he signed up with Corinthians in a bid to revive his career. Still 29, Adriano has been fighting for motivation more than anything else. He hopes to get back to being the force that won almost 50 national team caps, scoring 27 goals.

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