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Surely There Must Be A Manager/Club Who Can Still Save Him?

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Adriano will leave Corinthians by mutual consent, the Brazilian championship club announced in a statement on Monday, a move that could signal the end of the troubled striker's career.

The former Internazionale and Brazil forward joined Corinthians last year after a disastrous, injury-ravaged stint at AS Roma but has been unable to resuscitate his career in his homeland.

"At the end of Monday, the directors of the Sport Club Corinthians Paulista and the striker Adriano decided, in joint agreement, to end the work contract between the two sides, which was valid until next June," said a statement on the club's website.

"As a consequence, [Adriano] is dispensed from showing up tomorrow with the rest of the lineup."

Adriano, who has been beset by drinking, depression and weight problems in recent years, arrived at Corinthians last March, pledging to regain his Brazil spot for the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

He suffered a serious achilles injury within days of resuming training, however, and has managed just seven appearances for the São Paulo club, scoring two goals.

He scored one of those after coming off the bench against Atlético Mineiro to give Corinthians a win that all but sealed them the 2011 Brazilian league championship, but the club has grown impatient with the player's lack of fitness.

With reports of his weight ballooning to 15st 10lb, Corinthians gave him several chances to get back into action, even confining him to a health club to try to help him lose weight. The final straw for the manager Tite came last week when he missed training and refused to let the club doctor weigh him.

His departure could bring a premature end to a mercurial career that began as a teenager with Flamengo in his home town of Rio de Janeiro and took him to Italy, where he earned the nickname "The Emperor" for his rampaging performances and prolific scoring in Serie A.

Adriano notched nearly 50 caps for Brazil, where he was top goalscorer in both the 2004 Copa America and 2005 Confederations Cup, but disappointed at the 2006 World Cup and was used sparingly in subsequent years as he battled with personal issues.

"Myself, many other analysts and the entire Corinthians support had a real desire to see him do well," said Neto, a former Corinthians player and now a commentator. "But the reality is that this guy is not professional. He never made even the slightest effort to work hard and secure his future. Only a madman would sign him now."

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I know its not as simple as it obviously sounds but

Get him a motivation life coach/force him onto a diet/counsil him to stop drinking etc

Guy only turned 30 last month its so f*ck*ng sad

How good do you think he could have become?

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His weight problems are a bit meh tbh, he most probably wants nothing to do with the game anymore and it could well be one of the sources if the depression, which is the main problem,

Hopefully he can find something away from the game to help him find some level of happiness.

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He was phenominal in his prime tbh, the Palermo and Inter days

Had pace, tekkers, skill, explosive speed and power, a hammer of a left foot, dangerous aerially

Used to love the guy

Plus, he laid that double handed bang while wearing the most beautiful Iner kit ever created


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