THE CAREER of Adriano continues to spiral further out of control after Corinthians announced they had released the 30 year old from his contract on Monday.
Adriano departs the São Paulo giants under a cloud with reports of ill-discipline, poor fitness and rumours of alcohol problems, sadly leaves the career of one of Brazil’s most exciting centre-forwards in recent times in tatters.
The official club line read: “We did everything we could, we tried, we cared for [him], we were beside him, but unfortunately it did not work. It was better for both sides,” but in truth Corinthians were cutting their losses on a player who delivered little, serving them just seven competitive games in a year, scoring twice.
Adriano’s recent decision to miss training and refusal to participate in a team weigh-in was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back, with Corinthians initially dropping the player from the first-team squad for two games before opting to go a step further, completely cancel the striker’s contract.
Having arrived at Corinthians an April 2011 after seven months of misery at Roma, Adriano’s hapless fortune followed him back across the Atlantic. Within weeks of completing his move to the Pacaembu stadium, an achilles injury sidelined the player for six months. It took until October for Adriano to finally take to the field in a Corinthians shirt, featuring in the club’s 3-0 Campeonato Brasileiro win over Atlético Goianiense before scoring the first of his two goals for the Timão, a month later against Atlético Mineiro. And things had failed to improve by the turn of the year as Adriano was again sent away to work get into shape, finally taking to the field to join up with his Corinthians teammates midway through their Campeonato Paulista campaign.
An anonymous 70 minute showing against Santos ten days proved to be his last in a Corinthians shirt, but it remains to be seen what the future holds for a playing career which saw Adriano score 27 goals in 48 appearances for Brazil.
Flamengo, never shy to shun the limelight, have immediately been linked with rescue package for Adriano. Fla have found memories of Adriano, after reaping the rewards of pairing El Emperador up alongside with Vagner Love in their 2009 Brasileirão winning team. But a move to Brazilian football’s biggest club would surely result in disastrous consequences – the public spotlight and intense scrutiny coupled with the party lifestyle of Adriano’s Rio hometown would offer little refuge to player who is both physically and mentally unplayable.
Whilst there still remains considerable weight (excuse the pun) behind his name however, there will undoubtedly be a club somewhere in the world, willing to take Adriano on in the hope of resurrecting the career of one of the millenniums’ most formidable centre-forwards.