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Adriano was a well-rounded, versatile, and modern striker, who combined power with excellent technical ability; due to his dominance, power, and skill, he was given the nickname “l’Imperatore” (“The Emperor”) during his time in Italy. Adriano was a left-footed player, who was gifted with excellent ball control, skilful dribbling ability, and creativity. He was also a strong forward with an eye for goal, and a immensely powerful striker of the ball with his strong left foot, who was an accurate free-kick taker; he was also effective in the air. Despite his natural talent, Adriano’s consistency, character, fitness, and work-rate were often brought into question throughout his career, and due to his inconsistency in later years, he was widely known for failing to live up to his initial potential.