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Ex-Brazilian striker Adriano now wielding guns for drug running gang in Rio

Arvind Sriram
10.80K   //    01 Aug 2016, 16:56 IST
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Adriano brings out the big guns

Former Brazilian striker Adriano, once regarded as one of the world’s best strikers, is reportedly living among gun-wielding gangs in Rio. According to Brazilian lawyers, Adriano depends on the Red Command, a deadly gang part of the long-running gang war in Rio, for protection in order to live in the slum.

The Brazilian had a decorated career, making over 100 appearances for Inter Milan, and winning 4 Serie-A titles in that period. The striker also represented Parma and Roma in Italy as well as several clubs in his home country, Brazil. Adriano also made 48 appearances for his country.

The Copa America winner, nicknamed “The Emperor”, scored 27 goals for Brazil, twice being awarded the Golden Boot.

Once earning a whopping 80000 pounds a week, the ex-Brazil star’s focus seems to be on other forms of shooting at the moment. He has been photographed with gang members, and holding firearms with Red Command members. He has also reportedly bought the mob a motorbike in a deal to keep his family safe.

Adriano, Brazil
Adriano at a press conference during his time at Corinthians

This is the latest in a series of events that have left the striker’s career in disarray. Back in 2012, during his time at Fluminese Football Club, Adriano had ditched a training session to go partying in the Vila Cruzeiro Favela instead. This prompted ex-Corinthians player, Neto, to say “only a madman would sign him now”.

The ex-Inter striker was also involved in another incident where a woman was shot in his car after he had gone clubbing in Rio. He has also been arrested previously on charges relating to drug trafficking

Currently, Adriano has ballooned up and is without a club after cancelling his contract with fourth-tier side Miami United. It looks like the end is near for one of Brazil’s great football talents.

Also Read: 10 footballers who were banned for taking drugs

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