Once labelled the 'new Ronaldo', Alexandre Pato is another youngster that is not living up to the expectations.
However, Pato is still young, and can grow a lot.
Pato arrived in Milan in 2007 for 24m euros as the hottest prospect in world footballer. He started his professional career at 16, and after three games for his former club, Intenacional, he played the FIFA World Club Cup final against Ronaldinho's Barcelona. He was set for stardom.
In his first years at AC Milan, Pato had some good games and scored several goals. But the fast striker suffered lots of injuries during his period in Italy. This lost Pato his palce in the team and in Brazil's national squad.
In 2013, he received an interesting offer from Corinthians, and with the prospect of playing the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the striker accepted. However, things are not going as expected.
Pato arrived at Corinthians as a star and as the player that could lead the club to another FIFA World Club Cup and other titles. But since his arrival, Pato has suffered from injuries and strong competition. The other striker in the team is Paolo Guerrero, the ex-Bayern player, who is in superb form in Brazil. Pato is not considered a first-team player, and usually stays on the bench.
It is hard to know why a player with Pato's potential did not became what was expected, but undoubtedly there is still time for a restart. If he heals from his injuries and replicates the performance of his youth, Pato can be one of Brazil's best strikers.
He is still young, and can return to Europe one day. The best destination for the striker would be Premier League, in a team such as Arsenal or Newcastle. He is a good header of the ball who could easily fit into English football.
As many others, Pato is another player that is unfortunately becoming a disappointment. Hopefully the striker will put all his problems behind him and finally live up to the expectations.
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