After a brief spell on loan at Fiorentina in 2013/14, Anderson returned to his home country in 2015, joining Internacional. A stint back in Europe with Turkish club Adana Demirspor followed, but Anderson hung up his boots in September of last year, aged just 31.
WHAT THEY SAID
“We’ve been delighted with him and he has proven himself to be a true central midfield player. He can tackle, he’s lightning quick, he’s brave and he can pass the ball. What he’s got to prove is his goalscoring ability, because that’s something that Scholesy has always given us.” (Sir Alex Ferguson, in 2007)
“He was in Porto for like a year, so I didn’t know so much about Anderson. I knew he was a great player as, as soon as he arrived at Porto, he was making a difference in the league.” (Nani, to UTD Podcast)