AC Milan striker Ronaldo has called on Inter to "protect" Adriano as he recovers from depression back home in Brazil.

"Adriano needs help and to play football," Ronaldo told Sky Italia television. "I speak very often with him, but it is pointless saying here what I think because it could cause some controversy."

Ronnie has been critical of former club Inter for their treatment of him and seems to be implying Adriano has not received the help he needs from Roberto Mancini.

"All Adriano needs is help, protection and to play, but his Coach has not allowed him to do that. So many things written in the newspapers about him are exaggerated."