Brazil legend Adriano's 14-year-old son signs for Gremio as he looks to follow in famous dad's footsteps

THE SON of Brazil and Inter Milan hero Adriano is following in his father's footsteps by beginning his own career in the game.

Adriano Carvalho, 14, has signed up to Gremio's youth academy in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre.


The teenager had previously been part of lower-tier Boavista's system and thanked his family for helping him make the move.

He wrote online: "New home, new shirt, new opportunity!!

"I just have to thank God first and everyone who supports me. Thank you God, family, friends and everyone who helped me so far! Thanks Gremio."

Boavista and Gremio are affiliated, and Adriano Carvalho, who turns 15 in June, was one of five Boavista players who were snapped up by the Serie A club.

As part of the agreement, Boavista will retain 30 per cent of his economic rights in any future negotiations.

Adriano Snr, who earned 48 caps for Brazil during a prestigious career, praised his son's efforts in a congratulatory Instagram post.

He captioned the photos: "Very proud of my son. Congratulations, may God enlighten you on your new journey. Love you."

Carvalho is the eldest of the former player's three kids, along with two daughters Sophia, 13, and Lara, seven.

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Fans fondly remember Adriano as one of the most powerful forwards of his generation.

Breaking out with Flamengo at the turn of the millennium, he headed to Italy and enjoyed success with Parma and Inter, winning several titles.

However, personal problems following the death of his dad led to his career being effectively over after a doomed stint with Roma in 2010.

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