Spanish La Liga NewsFreddy Adu is the hidden talent that has not shown at all
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The signing of Endrick at such a young age, 16, by Real Madrid has brought to our memories other young talents who stood out very, very early. The name of Freddy Adu comes to mind first of all. The American (6-2-1989, Tena, Ghana) was called to be the future star of the world scene from a very young age. In the United States, the madness that he awoke crossed borders. At 16 years, 7 months and 20 days, he was the youngest rookie in the history of the team. At the age of 14 he was chosen in the MLS draft by DC United. A year earlier he had dazzled the world with a brilliant appearance in the 2003 U-17 World Cup with 3 goals against South Korea and another against Sierra Leone.

MLS debut

Shortly after he made his debut in the MLS at the age of 14 with maximum expectations surrounding his figure. The highest paid in the North American league and with a million dollar contract with the sports brand Nike . In the third game he scored his first goal, to the delight of the American fans. He scored 5 goals that campaign. “Being the highest paid had a responsibility to him. He had to go before the games to sign and say hello. It was hard. In the end, at that age you have to play and my teammates were twice my age and I didn’t have much in common with them,” Adu told Sportbible a few weeks ago . In DC United he did not finish starting and after his third season he left for Real Salt Lake City to play until he turned 18 and be able to go to Europe, but he did not stand out in Utah either.

Start at the Benfica

At Benfica he started on the right foot but his star faded. He was not able to demonstrate all the quality and expectation that he had generated. The Eagles had disbursed €1.5M. Before, at the age of 17, he spent two weeks testing with Ferguson’s Manchester United: “I think we would be interested, he is young but we have known him for a long time. We tried to get him here a few years ago, but he signed for DC United and that stopped our progress to keep an eye on him,” Fergie said at the time . After his bad experience at Benfica, he decided that it was better to leave Portugal for another league. And he went to Monaco, but he could barely play. “I made a mistake leaving Benfica. I was better than Di Maria,but there were a lot of distractions in Monaco and I played badly. Another disappointment when she was only 20 years old in her legs. There he chained a series of obscure loans: Belenenses, Aris de Salónica, Rizespor (Turkey)…, in which he did not materialize anywhere.