Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano open to play for Ukraine
Brazil have already lost one striker to another country this year. Chelsea striker Diego Costa decided prior to the World Cup that he would prefer to represent Spain, his adopted country, rather than his native Brazil.
It now appears as though Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazil-born forward Luiz Adriano may be on the brink of making a similar decision.
The 27-year-old has said he is considering becoming a Ukrainian citizen to make himself eligible for the national team, local press reported Monday.
"It’s true, I have an intention to receive Ukrainian citizenship," the striker was quoted as saying by the www.football.ua website.
"But my final decision will depend on the situation in Ukraine," said Adriano, in reference to the conflict between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country.
"If things return to normal I will be happy to receive a Ukrainian passport," he added.
Ukraine coach Mikhail Fomenko has previously said that Adriano, who has played in the European country since 2007, would receive a call-up to the national team as soon as he receives a Ukrainian passport.
Adriano has scored an impressive 108 goals in 235 matches for the Ukrainian champions.