Southampton's Brazilian maverick promised that he will give his all for the club this season, before apologising to the club's players and supporters for the previous campaign.Guilherme do Prado
Speaking after bagging a nine-minute hat-trick against Spanish side Palamos, Do Prado acknowledged that last season was disappointing both on and off the field.
The man from the land of samba stars such as Ronaldinho, Romario and Pele has just one year remaining on his deal with the south coast club, and has hinted at a potential return to Brazil before he opts to retire.
'Guly' as he is known, made 18 league appearances for the club last season, but his long-lasting goal drought continued. Before netting his hat-trick, Do Prado had been enduring a goal drought that had lasted since January 2012, when he scored in a 3-0 win away to Nottingham Forest.
Off-pitch issues had also caused Do Prado to come under the microscope, after he was given a driving ban after being caught under the influence of alcohol whilst driving his car in Southampton city centre.
But speaking to www.saintsfc.co.uk Do Prado issued an apology: "I'd like to say thank you to the players for helping last year and this year. I'm looking forward to being better this year, because last year I made some mistakes so I apologise to everyone."
Guly continued: "I enjoyed it very much because I haven't scored for a year, even in pre-season last year. That's a long time so I enjoyed this hat trick. I'm very happy."
Do Prado's hat-trick came in an 8-0 win over Palamos CF. His first was a 25-yard piledriver that eluded the goalkeeper. His second was less emphatic, as he nodded across goal to convert a Nathaniel Clyne cross.
He rounded off the feat by pouncing like an assassin to slam home from close range, again from a Nathaniel Clyne cross.
Southampton now travel to Austria ahead of fixtures against Besiktas and Schalke 04, where Do Prado will look to continue to impress manager Mauricio Pochettino.
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