What happened to… Alexandre Pato?

When one looks back and reviews the history and record of the ‘Golden Boy‘, an award given to the best young player of each season, meets names as disparate as those of Leo Messiwinner of this award in 2005 and considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, Cesc Fabregas (2006) and Paul Pogba (2013), champions and fundamental pieces in the world championships achieved by Spain in 2010 and France and 2018, or anderson oliveira (2008), mario balotelli (2010) and antonio martial (2015), young promises with tremendous potential who never quite met the expectations they generated.

Touted as Ronaldo’s successor

TO Alexandre Rodrigues da SilvaGolden Boy‘ in 2009, we could place him in the latter group. Not because his career has been a fiasco, but because the ceiling that the Brazilian was supposed to have was very high. Club World Champion against FC Barcelona from frank rijkard with only 17 years, Duck he only needed 18 games with the first team of the Porto Alegre International to impress the sports management of the Milanwho saw in him the natural long-term relief of his compatriot Ronaldo Nazariowho left the San Siro just a year later.

The ‘Nerazzurri’ is the team with which the attacker from Pato Branco has played the most games (150) in his already long career and the Lombardy is, surely, the city that has most enjoyed his talent and his goals. In San Siro, where he coincided with legends like Ronaldinho, Kaka, Maldini, Pirlo, Gattuso, Seedorf, Beckham OR Ibrahimović‘Il Papero’ scored a total of 63 goals, some of them unforgettable, like the one that silenced the Camp Nou in 2011 after 24 seconds of the game.

Beckham, Ronaldinho and Pato met in Milan

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‘Bidone d’Oro’ in 2012

After reaching its highest peak in 2009, his performance declined until he was awarded the ‘gold container‘ 2012, a satirical award given to the worst player in Serie A, and transferred to Corinthians for 15 million euros in 2013. On his return to Brazil, both at Timao and at Saint Paul, Duck he returned to his rights and caught the attention of the chelseawho claimed his services on loan in January 2016.

Without luck or continuity -two games and a goal in six months- at Stamford Bridge, Duck surprised locals and strangers signing for the Villarreal in what would be his last stage in the old continent. His stay in La Plana, although brief, was remarkable. But in a difficult decision to understand when he seemed the best Duck was showing up again, the striker chose to listen to the siren songs that came from a rising Chinese league and decided to join the Tianjin Tianhai- formerly Tianjin Quanjian-.

Despite his numbers – 36 goals in 60 games – in a notoriously minor league and contributing to the club’s first-ever qualification for the Asian Champions League in 2017, fortune once again eluded Duck. The Tianjin was involved in a scandal after Quanjianhis sponsor, was accused of fraud and the battering ram ended his adventure in the East in March 2019, at the age of 29. Since then and after a period of almost six months without a team in which he rejected offers from Europe, Brazil and Asia, Duck militates in the orlando city.

“Second chance” in the MLS

After a knee injury hampered his first season in the United States, Duck He is convinced that the next one will be his “second chance” in the MLS. “I can’t wait to start playing, to enter the stadium and receive the support of the fans. I am sure that this year will be very different from the previous one”, recently declared one of the greatest talents of recent times on the world scene.