VIDEO: €22.5m former Chelsea striker scores first European goal in 5 years

Adrian Mutu

Adrian Mutu was on target for Romanian side Petrolul Ploiesti against Viktoria Plzen last night.

Adrian Mutu is a name which invariably allies itself with controversy in England. The Romanian star cost Chelsea for a fee in the region of €22.5 million back in August 2003. After scoring four goals in his opening three matches he went on to struggle for form.

With the arrival of Jose Mourinho his Chelsea career looked in jeopardy - the two publicly falling out in 2004. Then he failed a drugs test for cocaine and was banned for seven months, not before being released by the club. His brief and fleeting spell in England had been mercurial, and he never returned.

Instead he headed for the relative haven of Italy - playing for Juventus, Cesena and most memorably Fiorentina - where he managed to fail another drugs test.

After a stint in France with Ajaccio the now-veteran 35-year-old striker went back to Romania, joining Petrolul Ploiesti on an 18-month deal.

He helped the club finish third in Liga I last term - securing qualifying for the Europa League qualifying stages.

And last night he bagged a goal for Petrolul in their tie against Czech Republic side Viktoria Plzen. Mutu picked up the ball 30 yards out before charging forward and striking a trademark left-foot strike beyond the outstretched goalkeeper.

It was his first-goal in Europe since he bagged a double for Firoentina against Hungarian side Debrecen in 2009 - but it was not enough for a win. Plzen equalised in the 90th minute - leaving Mutu's side with a difficult task in the second leg on August 7th.

What are your memories of Mutu?

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