An enlightening interview of former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has surfaced this afternoon, during which the Swede discusses former Inter Milan teammate Adriano.
Adriano, a former Brazilian international centre-forward, was seen by many in his home-country and across Italy as the next superstar of South American football.
Despite standing at 6ft 2 and being built like a bodybuilder, the Selecao star possessed an incredible touch and uncanny ability to beat defenders with sumptuous skill.
He was also noted for his hammer of a left foot, ability in the air, and surprising turn of pace, resulting in the package of a complete, ready-made, centre-forward superstar.
However, despite being labelled ‘the next Ronaldo’ by those who witnessed him play on a regular basis, a deep struggle with depression following his father’s passing left Adriano turning to alcohol and drugs, with his career taking a tragic nosedive as a result.
The striker’s name has been doing the rounds on social media of late, with former Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti having labelled his failure to pull his teammate out of depression as ‘the biggest defeat of a whole career.’
Javier Zanetti tells the heartbreaking story of Adriano in his own words…
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And today, footage of another of the Brazilian powerhouse’s former teammates discussing Adriano’s talents has emerged.
The player in question is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the prolific Swede labelling his one-time Nerazzurri striker partner ‘an animal’, before revealing that he specifically requested that Adriano remain at the San Siro, due to his desire to play alongside the now 35-year-old: