Brazilian striker Adriano was close to committing suicide before he turned his career around by signing for Roma, according to his mother.
Adriano was once seen as the future of Brazilian football after joining Inter Milan and was dubbed 'the new Ronaldo', however a spiral of drink, depression and the death of his father saw him fall out of love with the game; a decline that nearly saw him end it all.
"My son will make it I am sure. He will win his battle, and both he and Roma will get back up and surprise everyone," Adriano's mother Rosilda told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "At the time of his depression, which coincided with the death of his father, many people criticised him without knowing what he was going through, and this made it worse.
"No one understands the nature of badness unless you go through it, and even I didn't know how to help him. One day when he was still in Italy he called me and told me that he had had enough and that he wanted to quit football.
"He confessed to me that he wanted to commit suicide. I told him to react with his heart and if quitting football would make it better then so be it.
"Today though he is a new person with a head on his shoulders. He told me he is fine now. We are grateful to Inter and Massimo Moratti, who always treated him as a son. Thank God Roma have also helped to give him a new chance and he will not fail."