The worst 5 Brazilians to play in Premier League

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Alexandre Pato signing for Chelsea means he is the latest in a line of Brazilians to chance their arm in the Premier League.

The former AC Milan striker was once tipped for greatness, but after leaving the Italian giants has rebuilt his reputation with Corinthians.

He had been linked with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, but Guus Hiddink will be hoping he fares better than ailing duo Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy.


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Pato will hope to avoid comparisons with these five players during his six months at Stamford Bridge.

Afonso Alves

Afonso Alves signed for Middlesborough entrusted with the task of keeping Gareth Southgate’s side up, but despite succeeding for one season ultimately failed to make his mark.

The forward had netted 48 goals in as many games for Eredivisie side Heerenveen and scored six times in 14 games for Boro – two of which came on his debut against Manchester United.

That bright start meant hopes were high, but the following year, the north east side were relegated with Alves scoring seven goals in 33 matches.


Shortly before Manchester City became one of the richest sides on the planet, Mark Hughes spent £18 million on striker Jo hoping he could lead their charge towards the higher positions of the league table.

However, the 28-year-old struggled for form during his time at the Etihad Stadium, netting just three times in 15 games during the 2008/2009 season.

He was loaned to Everton for two seasons where he scored just five goals, and he has since returned to form back in his homeland with Internacional and Atletico Mineiro.


Despite being courted by Chelsea for the whole of the transfer window, Robinho snubbed Luiz Felipe Scolari to be the poster boy of the Manchester City revolution.

The club had failed in an audacious attempt to land Dimitar Berbatov, who joined Manchester United, yet signed Robinho from La Liga giants Real Madrid.

Robinho enjoyed some fine moments – a splendid free-kick against Chelsea on his debut aside – but left in 2010 having lost the mantle of main man to South American rival Carlos Tevez.


Having helped Brazil win the 2002 World Cup, Kleberson moved to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United who thought they were landing a player ready to help them win the Champions League.

But the midfielder was to go the same way as Argentinean midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron, and Ferguson sold him after 30 performances yielding just two goals.

The picture of him being unveiled alongside a braces-sporting Cristiano Ronaldo is now the stuff of greatest irony.

Julio Baptista

Having become unwanted by Real Madrid, Arsenal signed Julio Baptista in a loan deal that saw Spanish flop Jose Antonio Reyes go the other way.

The forward was never truly part of Arsene Wenger’s plans for the long term, with the Frenchman keen to get Reyes out of the club with the winger having struggled to adjust to the demands of the English game.

He did score four goals in a spectacular 6-3 victory at Anfield but was never the player his early potential hinted he would be.

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