Adrian Mutu was a Romanian superstar that fell from grace to grass after an ill-fated doping test that ruined his time in England. He tested positive for using cocaine in 2004 and was subsequently sacked from Chelsea. Though that didn’t stop clubs from lining up for him, with the player having an illustrious time in Italy before he finally retired.




Mutu signed for Chelsea in 2003 from Parma in a deal that was in excess of £16million. He went on four goals in his first four matches, and it seemed like he was destined for the top at the club. He struggled for form for the rest of the season; he was almost sold by new coach Jose Morutinho before he got banned for seven months for using banned substances. He was ordered to pay Chelsea compensation of £16million, which was his full transfer fee from Parma.


He signed for Juventus before he moved to Fiorentina where he revived his career. He scored 70 goals in 143 appearances for the Florence club before he failed another doping test that meant another long ban of nine-month. He spent a year in Italy with Cesena, before moving to Ajaccio. He went back to Romania, where he played for FC Petrolul Ploiești.


These days he has been trying his hands-on coaching a few teams. He coached Al Wahda FC for a year where he had a great time before the Romanian U21 job cam calling. Adrian Mutu’s career is that of “what if”, as he was a great player that made a lot of wrong decisions.


Mutu won the Romanian player of the year four times, in spite of all the troubles that he had to endure in his career. He still remains Romanian great goal scorer, and the second man to score for seven different teams in European competitions.


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