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Adriano’s mum says he was ‘suicidal’ at Inter Milan

Striker was on the brink of retiring from football

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In an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport, Adriano‘s mum, Dona Rosilda, has revealed the Brazilian striker was ‘considering suicide’ after a period of depression while at Inter Milan.

The 28-year-old, currently fighting to regain fitness at Roma, hit rock bottom after the death of his father and had a public battle with alcoholism, twice being packed off to Brazil to recover after being pictured falling out of nightclubs and turning up late to training.

Says Dona Rosilda:

One day, when he was in Italy with Inter he called and said he wanted to leave football and told me he was contemplating suicide. His critics spoke ill without really knowing what was happening.

I said to react with the heart, because nothing is more important than happiness, and if you should give up football to achieve it, no problem. We are grateful to Inter. The club marked his life and made him rich and famous. Adriano has learned from bad experiences. Today he is a new person with his head on his shoulders.

Well maybe not a completely new person, but we’re sure he’s getting there. Still, Adriano is a Spoiler favourite and we’re still holding out for the chance he’ll be able to reproduce his blistering form at Flamengo in Serie A.


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