Adriano Back in Rio for Flamengo

By Jayme Monsanto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Adriano is one of Brazil's most renowned soccer players. The talented Carioca striker started his career in Flamengo, and when he was only eighteen he was already playing for the Brazil national team. The young striker caught the attention of foreign scouts, and in 2001, a nineteen-year-old Adriano left Flamengo for European soccer.

He played in Italy, mostly for Internazionale di Milano (he briefly played for Parma and Fiorentina, also). While playing for Inter, Adriano got the nickname "L'Imperatore" (reference to Rome's emperor Adriano), since the team . . .

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