Alexandre Pato is close to signing for Chelsea.
The Brazilian forward will join on loan from Corinthians on a six-month spell that promises to be fascinating.
Pato was seen as a phenomenon at Internacional, leading to a big move to Milan, but injuries have caused his career to nosedive.
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He hasn’t made a Brazil squad since 2013 and former Arsenal midfielder Edu, a Corinthians board member, admitted Pato didn’t have the “guts” to play for the Brazilian side.
Now 26, Chelsea have given Pato an opportunity to revive his career.
It’s easy to forget just how good Pato once was. It seems such a long time ago that he racing past Serie A defenders like The Road Runner, and he seemed destined to follow in Brazilian legend Ronaldo’s footsteps and play for either Real Madrid or Barcelona.
We’ve compiled a list of Pato’s top five goals to get Chelsea fans excited.
#5 The left-footed missile
Sao Paulo v Vasco da Gama, 2015
There are so many reasons why this goal is beautiful. The off-the-ball run, leaving his marker in his wake; the calmness, despite being surrounded by four defenders; the rifled shot into the top corner.
All done with Pato’s weaker left foot, too.
AC Milan v Sampdoria, 2011
Apparently Pietro Accardi, the victim of this nutmeg, still has nightmares about Pato.
AC Milan v Zurich, 2008
Zurich probably should have known something special was coming when Clarence Seedorf and Kaka, two free-kick masters, both left the honours to Pato.
#2 Barcelona’s defence gets rinsed
AC Milan against Barcelona, 2011
Sergio Busquets will never be praised for his pace but Pato runs by him so quickly the Barcelona midfielder doesn't even get close to the Brazilian.
#1 Is this even legal?
Corinthians v Ponte Preta, 2015
That’s a serious question. Pato leaves the centre-back and the goalkeeper on the floor, completely embarrassed after the trickery. The two pieces of skill are just sublime.
The five goals showcase Pato’s wide skill-set, and that’s why he is such a threat. The lightning pace may not be there anymore but his goals against Vasco and Ponte Preta last year show that he remains clinical.
However, Guus Hiddink mustn’t let Pato take penalties after this woeful effort for Corinthians.
What is Pato's best goal? Have your say in the comments section below!
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