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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Adriano Leite Ribeiro (born February 17, 1982 in Rio de Janeiro), known simply as Adriano, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for F.C Internazionale Milano (known simply as Inter Milan in English speaking countries) in the Italian Serie A.

The experts consider him the best player raised in Brazil in the last decade, that is since the appeareance of Ronaldo. His body is chiseled in the long hours spent in a Milan gymnasium, and his boots (size 43) fire thunderous shots from all angles towards the same target. He is a superb ball-holder, shows a surprising agility for his size, and frustrates defenders with his gravity-defying jumps which unmistakeably last a bit longer than expected. That's Adrianothe hottest goods coming from Brazil since Ronaldo!

The tall striker joined Internazionale from Flamengo in 2001 and after just 8 appearances he was sent on loan to Fiorentina. In Florence, Adriano scored 6 times and soon found himself on loan to Parma.
At Parma, he went on to score 22 goals in 36 games earning him an immediate move back to Milan during the winter break of the 2003-04 season. The U17 Fifa World Cup winner in 1999, made his full debut in November 2000 against during the 2002 WC Qualifyings against Colombia. His best display with the Selecao was in Copa America 2004, he was top scorer with 7 goals, best player of the tournament and his goal in the 90th minute of the final sent the match to penalty kicks.