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The short rise and fall of a promising youngster- Freddy Adu's story

Published on: 22 March 2013
Th short rise and fall of Freddy Adu

At just fourteen-years-of-age, Ghanaian-born American youngster Freddy Adu was dubbed the 'New Pele'.

He was tipped for big things and just before his fifteenth birthday, he signed a contract with Major League Soccer (MLS) Side D.C United.

It is of course, Freddy Adu.

Nine years on and the 'New Pele' has been to Europe (Failed) and has returned to where he began in the United States of America where he, for the moment, plays for Eastern Conference MLS side Philadelphia Union.

Fredua Koranteng Adu's time in Europe wasn't quite how one would've planned. In 2007, after surprisingly rejecting offers from Inter Milan, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona - amongst others - the American decided on Portuguese side Benfica as his preferred choice.

Despite seeing out the full duration of his contract at Benfica, Adu managed only eleven first team appearances in his four year stay at the club. This stay included loan spells away at AS Monaco, Belenenses, Aris and Turkish side Caykur Rizespor, where he again failed to impress or cement a first team place.

Seeing his contract draw to a close in Portugal, Adu returned to the MLS with Philadelphia Union where he's currently still contracted.

However, his Philadelphia career looks to be finished as the side look to offload their high earners amidst financial difficulty - Adu currently earns approximately $600,000 per annum.

Recent reports have suggested that the 23-year-old's and his agent have this week travelled to Brazilian side Esporte Clube Bahia, or simply Bahia, in an attempt to secure a move to the South American team.

The Brazilian Serie A season begins again in May and should Adu force a deal soon, he may be ready to begin the campaign a Bahia player.

At the age of 23, Adu still has his whole football life ahead of him and the Brazilian league may be just what's needed to kick-start what can still be a great career.


  • Ijahman says:
    March 22, 2013 10:46 am
    Nonsense, who cares? He doesn't play for Ghana.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 22, 2013 12:17 pm
    This guy is just bad luck despite all the money!
  • lalasu says:
    March 22, 2013 12:57 pm
    playing for Ghana would have unearth his qualities which would got him a good carrier
  • Liverpool Fan says:
    March 22, 2013 02:22 pm
    honestly who cares? The only reason why he is making all this money is because of all the hype America gave him. Basically to say "hey we have a superstar in america too" meanwhile this guy is complete shite, just awful and does not deserve to play in the MLS even.
  • Adam....(Ghana) says:
    March 22, 2013 04:54 pm
    This is what one gets if he does not appreciate who he is and where he comes now he must have regretted his decision to have claimed to be an American and not a the way who cares after all he is not a Ghanaian
  • richard says:
    March 22, 2013 07:21 pm
    Adu make wild everything will be okay