What happened to the American prodigy?

Freddy Adu turns 33 today.

That’s one way to make y’all feel old, isn’t it?

Destined for great things, the American signed his first professional contract at the age of 14. He was a household name – and a championship manager legend.

Nineteen years later, things didn’t go according to plan for Adu.

Instead of representing some of Europe’s biggest clubs as predicted, he has not played a top-flight game in any country for almost seven years. His resume includes stints in Finland, Brazil and Turkey, as well as the lower ranks in the United States.

When a 14-year-old Adu signed an MLS contract, he received worldwide coverage.

“This is the largest commitment in league history,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. according to the New York Times. “Freddy is one of the best young players in the world and his decision to play in his country and for his league will motivate other young players to take an interest in MLS.”

Freddy Adu waves to the fans

Adu started playing for DC United in MLS at the age of 14 and was capped by the USA at the age of 16.

Certainly destined for greatness, he had attracted the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United who invited him to a trial in 2006.

But it wasn’t Man Utd that Adu signed for. Instead, he left DC United for Real Salt Lake and then Benfica after a string of failures. He opted for a loan move to Monaco. The decision to join Monaco has been called the worst mistake of his career.

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“The biggest mistake I made in my career was leaving Benfica on loan to Monaco,” Adu told The Blue Wire Podcast in 2020, as reported by The Mail. “I say it from the heart. It was one of those decisions that if I could make it again, I wouldn’t make it.

“I had three coaches in one year at Benfica. The club was in such a dysfunctional moment that I just wanted to get out of there and go the other way as soon as possible, but it turned out to be the worst decision.

“I joined the club at the same time as Di María. In the first year I was better than him. I played better than him but I decided to go to Monaco on loan. And Di María stayed at Benfica. And guess what? He had the chance to play with a coach who came later and became a regular.”

Benfica vs Celtic - UEFA Champions League

But when he returned to Benfica he was not wanted and was loaned out three more times to sides in Portugal, Greece and Turkey.

None of this worked and Adu’s world tour was now in full swing.

A two-year stint in MLS at Philadelphia Union was the best for him as he made the move from Brazil to Serbia to Finland.

He was just 25 when he returned to America with the Tampa Bay Rowdies – outside of MLS.

A move to Las Vegas followed with Las Vegas Lights.

At the last club of his sad career, he signed for Osterlen in the third-tier Swedish league. He left without playing a single minute.

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“We had an agreement with him that he would have the chance to show himself,” said vice-chairman Filip Lindgren, as reported by AS. “But from what we’ve seen it’s hard for us to see that he’s going to be competitive. He has a lot of football in him but the physical and the mental are missing.

“He was clearly disappointed. He’s a really nice guy in every way and I’m sure he would have made a great footballer. But he lacks the necessary physicality. We were actually a little surprised at how unprepared he was when he came here.”

He left the club in February 2021.

So what is Adu doing these days?

A look at his Social Media Accounts suggests he hung up his boots and started coaching as he tries to help players develop their talent – something he unfortunately couldn’t do.

Adu faced a lot of pressure and expectations at just 14 years old and there aren’t many people who would have been successful in that situation. It was all too much for him, but let’s not forget that he still had a career that most of us can only dream of. After all, he was capped 17 times by the United States.

It takes so much more than talent to achieve greatness in professional football. It takes luck and incredible mental toughness to even come close.

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It shouldn’t be for Adu.

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