It would appear that the continuing fable of one-time all-conquering Brazilian forward Adriano has taken yet another, bitterly disappointing downturn.
The last we heard, he had signed for FC Miami United in the fourth tier of the US football hierarchy. He made one appearance for the club before returning home to Rio de Janeiro. That was back in May.
According to the Daily Star ‘s sources within the Brazilian law fraternity, Adriano is back living in the favelas and is now “dependent” on one of the slum’s most notorious gangs, the Comando Vermelho (‘Red Command’) for protection.
The [Red Command] have been part of Rio’s long-running gang war – killing thousands in order to dominate the city’s lucrative drug trade.
Adriano is alleged to have bought the AK47-firing mob a motorbike as a sweetener in order to keep his family safe.
The ex-Brazil star – who once earned £80,000-a-week – was also recently spotted holding rifles and displaying the gang’s provocative hand gestures.
Indeed, Adriano has been filmed with members of the Red Command, chucking up