Adriano: “I want to make history”
Barca’s new signing believes that he has enough maturity to be ”prepared to deal with the pressure“ and reckons his first objective is “to establish myself in the first team”.
Happy and excited about his move, Adriano, who sees his new boss Pep Guardiola as “an example
for us all”, spoke exclusively to Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat after his official
presentation on Monday.
What are your first sensations as a Barca player ?
“Very good, marvellous! I’ve been in touch with my new teammates and seen the
Ciutat Esportiva, now I’m really keen to get started”.
You made your debut as a Seville player against Barca and your last league game for them
was also against us. Maybe that was a sign that you would end up here.
“Yes, it’s curious. I’d never have though that would
happen. Now I’m here and very happy and I want to thank everybody who worked hard to make
this transfer possible and just go out and give everything I can for the team”.
And now your first game for the team will be at the Sanchez Pijuan in the Super Cup. How do
you think the fans will receive you?
“I hope it’ll be the best reception possible. I gave everything to Seville for
five years and I wrote my name in the club’s history. We won many titles and to go back there
and play them now will be very special”.
Negotiating with José Maria Del Nido isn’t normally that easy. Have you been
surprised at how easy the contract negotiations were?
“Not surprised, no, but the good relations between Seville and Barca made it easier.
The new Board did things really well, Del Nido knew that I wanted to leave and it all worked out
When did you hear of Barca’s interest in you?
“I was at Rota with Seville on the third day of pre-season training. I saw I had a call
from the President after training, which doesn’t normally happen. I tried to call him back,
but he was busy, so I called my agent who told me what was happening”.
What was your reaction?
“Excited, it was marvellous news – a dream come true. I was coming to play at the
best club in the world and with the best players in the world”.
Who did you call first?
“My wife and son. I asked my son a year or so ago where he would like me to play and he
said Barca. So when I told him, he was very happy”.
Where does his support for Barca come from?
“He’s been a fan since Dani signed for Barca a couple of years ago”.
Do you think your time at Seville had reached a logical end?
“I’d done everything I’d set out to do there. I’d won a lot of titles
and it was time for a change. The truth is that nothing could be better than a move here”.
What did you learn in your time at Seville?
“I matured a lot. I became a more experienced player on the pitch. I was just 19 when I
went to Seville and I think my character and personality have improved since then and my technical
Are you prepared for the pressure of playing for the best team in the world?
“Yes I am. My time at Seville has prepared me well and now I am stronger physically and
mentally. I’m ready to deal with the pressure of playing for Barca”.
As an outsider, what most attracted your attention about Barca?
“Their style of play, the fans. When I came here with Seville, the atmosphere was
incredible. Also, the group of players here and the atmosphere around the club in general”.
You won a lot at Seville, what are your objectives at Barca?
“To begin with, establish myself in the first team. Try to adapt
as quickly as possible to my new teammates and the team’s style of play. After that, I want
to make history with Barca”.
Do you think it will take a while to get used to Barca’s style of play?
“I’ll try and do it as quickly as possible. I’ll be asking for advice from
my friends, so that they can help me adapt”.
What has Alves explained to you about Barca?
“That this is a marvellous club. He reckons it’s the best thing that ever
happened to him. Every day is spectacular on and off the pitch”.
Have you imagined what it will be like to play with players like Messi, Villa, Xavi, and
“Of course! Since I got the news, I’ve been imagining what it will be like. You
remember playing against them and now I’ll be alongside them. It’s a dream”.
What has Pep Guardiola said to you?
“That I should do everything I can to settle in as quickly as possible. My family will
be here in a few days so that they can enjoy this unique moment in my career”.
And what has Alves explained to you about the boss?
“It’s an honour for me to be coached by Guardiola. He’s achieved
everything as a player and a coach and is an example for us all. Dani told me he’s an
exceptional person too”.
You are a versatile footballer - do you think that will help you win a regular place in the
“Yes, I’m sure it will. However, the most important thing is that I give
everything when I get on the pitch. I’m available for the coach for whatever he needs from
So what would you say is your natural position?
But you were originally right footed?
“I can play with either foot, for which I have to thank my dad who taught me
everything. He always said that being able to play with both feet could make the difference and he
Your explosive style has often meant that you’ve suffered muscle injuries over the
“Yes, for the rhythm of work I was doing, that did happen, but I’ve improved a
lot over the last two years. I’m looking after myself more and better and have been following
a personal programme so that my body can withstand the strains of my explosive style”.
Those injuries meant you couldn’t play as regularly as you’d have liked
“Yes, that’s true. Both at Seville and with Brazil. Missing out on the national
team was the most important thing and that was a tough time for me. I had a lot of injuries on the
run and that meant I lost my place with Brazil”.