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A huge shockwave was sent across the footballing globe when AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi released a statement which read: “The game against Atlanta will be his (Pato) last for us. He is moving back to Brazil. I feel sad, but it is his choice.”
Pato has everything going for him at Milan and I, as many football fans, are shocked with his expected departure. In the summer Alexandre was heavily linked with European champions Chelsea. This move could have boosted his career even further, but he chose to stay in Italy.
Corinthians are now expected to be well under way in contract negotiations with the Brazillian striker, with Milan confirming he is in Brazil discussing personal terms.
According to a local paper in Milan, Pato has had a big argument with a fellow player – could this be the reason on his prompt want-away? Another source of information states that his family back at home in Brazil are having problems and want him back. Rumours are everywhere but will one of these become true? Time will certainly tell.
Personally I feel something must have really gone off backstage with Alexandre because surely when you’re at the top of the mountain in European football you wouldn’t go back at obviously still a very young age (24). The former Internacional man is, according to Wikipedia (not the most reliable, I must say) a Corinthians player, which obviously adds to the speculation and rumours.
I feel that on a career perspective, Alexandre Pato should not have moved back to Brazil and even if it means moving to another big European club like Chelsea or Paris St Germain.
Be sure to keep a watchful eye on the progression of this intriguing rumour. On another note; to make matters worse for the Rossoneri, Pato’s Brazilian compatriot Robinho is expected to leave as well, with boyhood club Santos the likeliest of destinations.
Written by Travis Comery
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