Where has Adriano been?
A missing person’s hunt has ended happily in Brazil. Inter Milan striker Adriano has been found.
The burly 27-year-old, who has battled drink and personal problems in the past, failed to return to Italy last week after being an unused substitute in Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers with Ecuador and Peru. Inter had no idea where he was.
Brazilian and Italian media were filled with stories about his whereabouts. Some said he had missed his plane, some said he was dancing in the streets of a Rio favella, some said he had locked himself inside his Rio home and switched off his phone. One report even said he might be dead.
After five days with no definite news, his agent announced that Adriano had been visiting friends in the Vila Cruzeiro shanty-town where he was raised.
“It’s not a family problem,” Gilmar Rinaldi said as he tried to explain why Adriano had missed Inter’s 1-0 win at Udinese on Sunday. “It’s something very personal, which could happen to anyone, but it’s a private thing and that’s why I can’t say what it is.”
Instead of slamming the striker for his behaviour like he has in the past, Inter coach Jose Mourinho has been sympathetic to Adriano’s plight.
But with a year left on his Inter contract, it is difficult to imagine Adriano ever playing for the Italian champions again. Would any other club want to take a risk on him?