Adriano Leite Ribeiro, better known simply as Adriano, was born on February 17, 1982 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He weighs 91 kg and is 189 cm tall. A popular footballer, Adriano is known for his agility, power, and ball control. Some of his clubs include Flamengo, Fiorentina, Parma, and his current club, Internazionale (Inter Milan).
In his first appearance for the Nerazzurri, the striker scored against Real Madrid in the 2001 Santiago Bernabeu Trophy. Inter loaned him to Parma and Fiorentina during 2002 and 2003. In Parma he together with Adrian Mutu formed the most impressive striking duo of Serie's A last decade. They scored more than 15 goals from passes between each other. Adriano also became famous in his Parma times for his free kicks. Adriano's kicks are strong and accurate, though sometimes lacking technical execution.
He returned to the Nerazzurri in 2004 and has since been an asset to the team. He has scored a total of 15 goals in his 16 appearances during the 2004-05 season. While playing for the Brazilian national team, he won the 2004 Copa Amrica in Peru. Adriano scored the most goals of the tournament and was selected as the best player.
Adriano is often considered as the long-term successor to Ronaldo in the Brazillian national team. When he scores a goal, he looks to the sky in memory of his recently deceased father. In Italy, he is known by the nickname of "L'Imperatore" ('The Emperor').
He has recently been linked with a 65 million move to Chelsea. However, these rumors have been dismissed as false. Even so, Real Madrid, a Spanish club, has shown interest as well. Adriano comments that Inter is his home forever and that he wishes to finish his career there. Giacinto Facchetti, Inter Milan's club president, is keeping a close watch on the star. "It's flattering that so many prestigious clubs want him," Facchetti tells journalists, "but we're keeping tight hold of him."
During the Confederations Cup, Adriano was named Player of the Tournament. In the final, he steered Brazil to an unforgettable victory. Two outstanding goals helped Brazil to top Argentina 4-1, the first one coming from a blistering left-footed shot in the 11th minute. The second came as a result of a Cicinho cross, with Adriano heading it in. The goal made him the tournament's top scorer with five goals overall. This goal was also impressive because Brazil's players passed the ball among themselves for more than one minute, with most of the players 'participating' in the goal.
From 11 July 2004 through 25 June 2005, Adriano has scored an impressive total of 40 goals. They have come from an assortment of matches (28) including appearances in: Serie A, Coppa Italia & Champions League games for Inter in 2004/05; Copa America, South American World Cup qualifying, and Confederations Cup games for Brazil.
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