The 20 football stars who ended their careers prematurely

Some players stay in place too long. Others leave too early. The editors of 90min France offer you a list of 20 footballers who retired too early. It sounds simple enough, but as you will see, retirement isn’t always what it seems.

Inter Milan's Brazilian Adriano Leite and

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The emperorbecame a sensation in Italy, first at Parma and then at Inter Milan, where he won four league titles in Serie A. He also scored 27 goals in 48 appearances for Brazil, including a crucial one in the 2004 Copa América final against Argentina.

However, Adriano’s career was cut short by injuries and rumors that the player’s life had spiraled out of control due to his alcoholism, weight gain and inability to stay away from the Brazilian favelas where he grew up. With a few freelancers in Brazil unsuccessfully, Adriano retired in 2014 at the age of 32.

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