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Striker Adriano, Ronaldo photographed partying, drinking in Brazil

Striker Adriano, Ronaldo photographed partying, drinking in Brazil

Striker Adriano, who has vowed to avoid the mistakes that cost him "a year of his life," was photographed partying and drinking in Rio de Janeiro just hours after signing a six-month loan contract with Brazil's Sao Paulo, local media reported Sunday.
Adriano, who has been training with and receiving counseling at Sao Paulo for the past month, was photographed along with AC Milan striker Ronaldo with beer cans in their hands at a concert in Rio Saturday, the UOL Web portal and other local media reported.
Adriano and Ronaldo, who is in Brazil for treatment for an injury, were seen at a VIP section during the concert of the Brazilian band Jota Quest.
On Friday, Adriano also attended a party in Rio along with veteran striker Edmundo, the Agencia Estado news service and other media reported.
The photos _ one of them showing Adriano drinking from the beer can _ were taken just hours after he was officially introduced to Sao Paulo fans as the team's newest acquisition for the 2008 season.
After his introduction, Adriano acknowledged he went though a "moment of depression" after the 2006 World Cup and said he realized he "lost a year of (his) life" because of his mistakes off the field.
Adriano was a starter on the Brazil squad eliminated by France in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Germany. He played only sparingly for Inter Milan since 2006 when his father died and was accused of having an excessive nightlife.
"I don't deny anything I did last year ... I learned a lot with this but I don't want go through that again," Adriano said Friday.
Despite admitting going through difficult times, the striker has always rejected accusations and rumors about drinking problems.
Sao Paulo officials said the club was not worried with Adriano's actions this weekend because he had been released for the Christmas holiday season.
"We are not going to monitor the player," director Carlos Augusto de Barros told Agencia Estado. "If there's no exaggeration, it's OK. It needs to be under control."
Inter Milan released Adriano to play for Sao Paulo in the Brazilian championship and Copa Libertadores, Latin America's premier club competition. Financial details on the agreement were not disclosed.