Adrian Mutu

Adrian Mutu (; born 8 January 1979) is a former Romanian footballer who played as a forward. His career has included setbacks including two long suspensions for failed drugs tests. Mutu started his career in Romania, playing two years for Argeș Pitești and half a year for Dinamo București, before joining Internazionale midway through the 1999–2000 Serie A. After only 10 games there he left for Verona and then Parma, for which he scored 39 goals in the next three years. His excellent form brought him a €22.5 million transfer to Chelsea. Due to breach of contract for failing a (recreational) drug test, he was released and returned to Serie A to join Juventus. After the 2006 Italian football scandal and the relegation of Juventus to Serie B, Mutu decided to join Fiorentina, where he played consistently for five years. He then had a season at Cesena and French club Ajaccio before returning to Romania with Petrolul Ploiești in 2014. On 5 April 2013, Mutu announced his intention to retire from football at the end of the 2013–14 season. From his debut in 2000, Mutu played 77 matches for the Romanian national team and scored 35 goals, a joint record alongside Gheorghe Hagi. He was included in their squads at the European Championship in 2000 and 2008. A four-time winner of the Romanian Footballer of the Year Award, only Gheorghe Popescu and Gheorghe Hagi have won the award more times, with six and seven wins respectively.

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