Adriano Makes Emotional Return To Football Looking Healthy And Happy

Former Brazil international and Inter legend Adriano made a triumphant return to the Maracana for a friendly.

Having last made a competitive appearance in 2014 for Atletico Paranaense, Inter Milan legend and former Brazilian international Adriano made a triumphant return in the world-renowned Maracana stadium for a friendly this week. The 35-year-old looked healthy and happy after years of troubling rumors concerning his alcohol abuse and falling in with Rio favela gangs

The reception he got from the stadium and his fellow players was heartwarming to say the least.

Rumors of a possible return with Flamengo are exactly that, but the man dubbed the Emperor got on the scoresheet off a phenomenal ball from the 64-year-old Zico, a star of Brazil’s legendary 1982 World Cup side

“We’re still talking,” said Adriano with regards to a comeback with Flamengo, “let’s see how things turn out. It’s all going fine. Not just the fans, but also my family are supporting me to make this comeback.

“I’m still a bit out of shape, I’m trying to keep a decent weight. We’ll work on it to return as soon as possible.”

What a story that would be.