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.