Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho was desperate to get rid of Adriano, according to El Emperor himself.
Before Adriano left, the two worked together for one season, winning the Scudetto.
“Mourinho saw once that I was down and asked me to train separately," Adriano recalled in an interview with ESPN.
“I spent two weeks doing that and then I came back into the group.
“One Thursday I learned that I would be called up for the next match, but then the next day that wasn't the case and I got angry.
"There was a trip to Rome once and I wasn't included.
“I spoke with Javier Zanetti and Ivan Cordoba, thinking already that I would be leaving (in the summer).
“All the players came to my house after that to ask me to stay, but I knew I couldn't stay because he (Mourinho) would have got involved."
Adriano lost his father around the peak of his prime and suffered from severe depression, turning to alcoholism that eventually and sadly, robbed us of a potentially legendary striker in the world of football that would have likely dominated football in the 2000s alongside the likes of Ibrahimovic and Drogba.