FORMER wonderkid Freddy Adu has claimed that he was higher than Angel Di Maria at Benfica, whereas labelling his determination to depart the membership as his ‘greatest remorse’.
The duo each arrived in Portugal in 2007 as youngsters with the world at their toes.
Freddy Adu joined Benfica in 2007Credit score: AFP – Getty
Angel Di Maria additionally joined Benfica as a teen in 2007Credit score: PA:Empics Sport
However whereas Di Maria has gone on to flourish with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, Adu’s profession hasn’t fairly gone to plan.
Adu, nonetheless, has revealed that he felt that he was higher than his counterpart throughout their first yr at Estadio da Luz, and admitted his remorse in becoming a member of AS Monaco on mortgage the next season.
The 31-year-old informed the Blue Wire Podcast: “I say it from the center. It was a type of selections that, if I may take it once more, I would not make it.
“I had three coaches in a yr in Benfica. The membership was in such a dysfunctional second that I simply needed to get out of there and go the opposite means as quickly as doable.
“However it turned out to be the worst determination. I joined the membership concurrently Di Maria. Within the first yr, I used to be higher than him.
“I performed higher than him, however I made a decision to depart for Monaco on mortgage. And Di Maria stayed at Benfica. And guess what?
“He had the possibility to play with a coach who later got here and have become a starter. A yr or two later he went to Actual Madrid. And I ended up being loaned to a secondary staff.
“I made the worst doable determination for my profession. It’s my greatest remorse.”
Adu signed his first skilled contract aged 14Credit score: AFP – Getty
The teenager prodigy made his USA debut aged 16, with the final of 17 caps coming in 2011Credit score: AFP
Adu had joined Benfica for £1million as an 18-year-old with 4 seasons of MLS expertise already within the financial institution, having been drafted by DC United as a prodigiously gifted 14-year-old through the 2004 MLS Tremendous Draft.
He had develop into the youngest American to ever signal an expert contract in any sport, and was dubbed the ‘subsequent Pele’.
Adu managed 4 targets in 17 appearances for Benfica within the 2007-08 marketing campaign, whereas Di Maria, a yr his senior, performed 44 instances.
After ten appearances on mortgage at Monaco, Adu then had additional spells at Belenenses, Aris and Caykur Rizespor, earlier than returning to MLS in 2011 – signing completely for Philadelphia Union.
He has endured a nomadic profession since, turning out for Bahia, Jagodina, KuPS, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Las Vegas Lights.
Adu has most not too long ago signed for Osterlen FF, who have been promoted from the fourth tier of Swedish soccer in 2020.
The attacking participant admitted his remorse at a 2008 mortgage spell at AS MonacoCredit score: PA:Empics Sport
Di Maria has gone on to take pleasure in a trophy-laden professionCredit score: AFP OR LICENSORS