6 Brazilian forwards who struggled in Europe
Brazil has produced some of the very best footballing talents in the world. In fact, it would be hard to imagine images of greats such as Pele, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho not flashing through anyone’s mind whenever they think of the South American country.These forwards mesmerised fans and took the game to a whole new level, increasing their nation’s popularity in the process. Sadly, Pele never graced the European stage, but the others certainly made their mark.A few more Brazilians followed suit and hit the heights after making the switch to the continent, however, they can’t all be brilliant out of Brazil now can they?Let’s take a look at six Brazilian forwards who couldn’t make the grade in Europe.
The striker initially got off to a bright start in Italy with Inter Milan and Parma. After signing with the Nerazzurri from Flamengo in 2001, he was loaned out to Fiorentina, later moving to Parma as part of a co-ownership deal which allowed Inter to acquire Fabio Cannavaro.
Adriano would score 22 goals in 36 appearances, forming a successful strike partnership with Adrian Mutu. A return to Inter in 2004 saw the Brazilian forward hit peak form, prompting the club to offer him a five-year contract. But his performances would wane shortly after.
Adriano struggled with his fitness and had problems maintaining a good weight. Alcohol also took its toll and his attitude changed, forcing Inter to send him back to Brazil on loan with Sao Paulo.
He returned to Italy in 2010, signing a three-year contract with AS Roma. Unfortunately, though, the striker was released by the club after seven months and zero goals scored.