Figo: Adriano is a classic example of how to destroy your talent

The Portugal legend insists that his former Nerazzurri team-mate - with his lack of dedication and concentration on the pitch - is a bad role model for young, aspiring footballers
Ex-Real Madrid midfielder Luis Figo has slammed former Brazil international Adriano's approach to the game during their time at Inter.

The remarks come as Adriano, who had just signed a contract with his boyhood team Flamengo this year, has had yet more disciplinary problems which have eventualy led to the player's departure from the club.

Figo believes the former Inter forward is the architect of his own downfall.

“Adriano is the classic example of how to destroy your talent,” the 40-year-old told Placar.

“Talent is secondary though, if you do not balance it with dedication and professionalism – two things he completely lacked."

He then singled out Selecao legend Ronaldo as a prime example of how to become a successful sportsman.

He added: “Ronaldo on the other hand was an incredible talent. When he was not having physical problems he was unstoppable – the best of all in my opinion.”

Figo appeared 127 times for Portugal during his career, scoring 32 goals for the country.