It’s one of football’s saddest tales.

Freddy Adu, touted as the next Pele, ended up rotting away in the Finnish third division.

Which is why it gives us great pleasure to introduce footage of the 26-year-old – yep, he’s still just 26 – doing something rather special, albeit only in the North American Soccer League.

Adu wriggled away from a host of players before lifting a delightful ball into the path of a team-mate, who duly slotted home.

It’s just a shame it happenedĀ in a Tampa Bay Rowdies shirt and notĀ the colours of Manchester United, as looked possible at one stage…

Adu-TW