Once again, Adriano is in the news for the wrong reasons. The former Inter Milan and Brazil striker reportedly shot a 20-year-old woman in the hand while playing with his bodyguard’s gun, according to the Daily Mail.
“The UOL Internet news portal said Adriene Pinto told police that Adriano … accidentally fired his bodyguard’s gun when he was fooling around with it inside the car,” the report reads.
The incident took place early Saturday morning after Adriano left a nightclub in Rio de Janeiro with his bodyguard, Pinto, and three other women.
The 29-year-old is currently playing in Brazil with the league-champion Corinthians.
Adriano was one of the biggest names in world soccer in the 2000s, after he became a star in Italy’s Serie A with Parma and Inter Milan before his 20th birthday.
Blessed with an unmatched combination of size and skill, it seemed Adriano would go on to become one of the world’s greats. But his career started to fade after his father passed away in 2004, and he used drugs and alcohol to cope with the loss.
He would continue to feature for Brazil and Inter Milan for the next few years, but his performances worsened with time. In 2009, Jose Mourinho (then Inter manager) allowed him to return to Brazil to sort out his problems with weight and addiction.
Adriano scored 19 goals in 30 games for Brazilian club Flamengo, powering it to the championship in 2009. He returned to Europe for the 2010-11 season, but his ill-fated stay at AS Roma lasted less than six months, before he joined Corinthians last March.
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