Former Inter Milan and Brazil Legend Adriano has revealed what he passed through after the death of his father.
After the tragic death of his father, he turned to drugs and alcohol and the regular partying ultimately killed his potential and career.
“Only I know how much I suffered,” Adriano told R7 in Brazil.
“The death of my father left a huge hole. I felt alone and I isolated myself when he died. I was sad and depressed in Italy, and that was when I started to drink.
“I didn’t stop drinking and in the end, I had to leave Inter.
“I didn’t know how to hide it, I arrived drunk in the morning for training sessions. I always showed up, even if I was completely drunk and the medical staff had to take me to sleep in the infirmary.
“Inter told the Press I just had muscular problems. I later realised that the problem was the people around me, friends who did nothing but take me to parties with women and alcohol, without thinking about anything.
“By going back to Brazil I gave up millions, but I gained happiness.”
There were reports that the former Flamengo and Roma man was linked to a Rio gang, while he was arrested on drug trafficking charges before later being cleared.
He’ll always be seen as a ‘What if?” player but it’s wonderful to see him happy and enjoying himself at the age of 39.