Milan misfits Pato and Bonera reunited at Villarreal

July 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

Former Brazil international Alexandre Pato will join Spanish Champions League participants FC Villarreal in a €3mio deal from FC Corinthians according to ESPN.

The 26-year old striker spent the second part of last season at Premier League side FC Chelsea, where despite the acclaim surrounding his arrival in January, he didn’t hit the heights that were expected of him by only scoring one goal in two matches.

Needless to say, he never caught boss Guus Hiddink’s eye.Very often the Dutchman preferred turning to youngster Bertrand Traoré in emergency situations, such as in the Champions League return-tie against Paris Saint-Germain, than to give Pato a chance to showcase his talent.

In North East Spain, Pato will link up with former AC Milan teammate Daniele Bonera with whom he won the Scudetto and the Italian Supercup in 2011.

The pair played together between 2008 and 2013 before the Brazilian striker moved on to Brazilian giants FC Sao Paolo following the end of his much-talked-about relationship with chairman Silvio Berlusconi’s daugther Barbara and his resulting professional fall from the stars.

In 2011, he won the Italian league as a protagonist after scoring a vital brace against Inter Milan and another crucial goal to Napoli during the season before a string of injuries limited his game time and affected his performances.

And the missed penalty against Fiorentina at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season made his departure inevitable.

The ‘old’ dynamic Pato was waning.He had become a declining force, played passive roles and was never in games. All this capped off by a sitter off missed chances and lost one-on-one duels against very often, modest opposition.

Inner rumours had it that Bonera took Pato under his wing during his time in North Italy and the Italian’s presence at the Estadio Madrigal has now played a pivotal role in convincing the Duck to accept the offer.image

As recently as two weeks ago he passed up the opportunity to move to Lazio for “personal reasons”. The Champions League on offer at Villarreal is believed to have done the trick.

And now ironically, two of the most-maligned players of the old and glorious Milan will  be part of the same squad again.

By the end of their Italian adventure, both players fell in disgrace with the fans who were increasingly voicing their distaste at seeing them featuring for the club.

While the centre-back was subject to widespread criticism among Milan fans for pure sporting reasons, due to his poor displays and series of monumental howlers that cost the side numerous points along the years, the frontman’s reationship with the fans had begun to sour after it became evident that his head was elsewhere and his off-the-pitch distractions were taking their toll on his game.

From Red an black to Yellow. Bonera and Pato are keen to prove Milan fans wrong.

Together.

At a distance of 1256km.

 

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