Alexandre Pato returns to Sao Paulo

Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato has rejoined Sao Paulo on a three-year contract after leaving China.

The former AC Milan star had been at Chinese Super League side Tianjin Tianhai since January 2017 following a lacklustre spell in La Liga at Villarreal.

Pato recorded an impressive 36 goals in 60 appearances for Tianhai across all competitions during his two seasons at China.

But the 29-year-old was left out of Tianhai’s opening two games of the new league season and announced his departure on social media this month.

Now Sao Paulo have confirmed that Pato has rejoined them on a contract until December 2022.

“Welcome back Alexandre Pato,” read a statement.

“The attacker received proposals from other clubs in Brazil and abroad, but he had no doubts in making his decision. He’s passion for Sao Paulo and the fond memories of his time at the club between 2014 and 2015 spoke louder”

Pato started out his playing career at fellow Brazilian side Internacional before joining Milan in 2007 at the age of 18.

At the San Siro, Pato truly made his mark in European football and managed 63 goals in 150 games before returning to his native Brazil with Corinthians in 2013.

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He also won the 2009 Golden Boy award as a result of his impressive performances over in Italy for Milan.

On the back of a disappointing spell at Corinthians, Pato joined Sao Paolo on a two-year loan deal and struck 38 times in his 98 appearances for the club.

The Milan legend then went on to have short stays at Premier League side Chelsea and later Villarreal in La Liga before joining Tianhai.

Now Pato will be eyeing a spot in the line-up for Sao Paulo’s Brazilian Serie A opener against Botafogo on April 28.

The Brazilian club finished the 2018 campaign in fifth-place and 17 points behind winners Palmeiras. Therefore, Sao Paulo will surely be hoping Pato can carry on where he left off last time.

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