Cláudio Adalberto Adão, or simply Cláudio Adão (born in Volta Redonda, RJ, July 2, 1955), is a former Brazilian football player. A gifted forward, Adão was the top-scorer of almost every championship he's played.
His first professional club was Santos FC, where he arrived in 1972. When Pelé left Santos in 1974, the club predicted a brilliant future ahead for Adão as Pelé's natural replacement. But they couldn't predict Adão would suffer a serious injury that would leave him off of the pitch for several months.
Santos let Adão go and, at Flamengo, he underwent intensive physical therapy. The results were fantastic and Adão quickly became an idol. Not only at Flamengo, but in every other club he has played for until he retired, hundreds of goals later, at almost 40 years old.
In Brazil, Adão played for Botafogo, Vasco, Fluminense, Portuguesa-SP, Corinthians, Bangu, EC Bahia, Cruzeiro, Portuguesa-RJ, Campo Grande-RJ, Ceará SC, Santa Cruz, Volta Redonda FC, Rio Branco-RJ and Desportiva-ES.
- Felipe Adão his son
- Cláudio Adão é o novo treinador do Voltaço - Gazeta Esportiva (retrieved on July 26, 2006)