Alexandre Pato Signs New One-Year Deal With Orlando

Alexandre Pato with Tianjin Quanjian in 2018.
Alexandre Pato with Tianjin Quanjian in 2018. Photo by Shutterstock (9773868p)

Forward Alexandre Pato has agreed to the terms of a new one-year contract, Orlando City confirmed on Saturday. The Brazilian national, who joined the MLS club last February, injured his knee in the 2021 season opener against Atlanta United.

While Pato was only able to make four appearances last season, Orlando general manager Luiz Muzzi remains confident in the 32-year-old’s ability to make a positive impact on the team this season.

“He’s been working hard to return to top form and we’re looking forward to him having an impactful year for the club. We’re excited for him to return and play an important role both on the field and in the locker room this season,” Muzzi confirmed in a statement.

Pato joined Orlando after his contract with the Brazilian club Sao Paulo ran out. The high point of Pato’s career came between 2007 and 2013, when the then-rising star played for Italian giants AC Milan.

While playing for the Rossoneri, Pato won the 2010-11 Serie A title as well as the Italian Super Cup in 2011-12. He has also made 27 appearances for the Brazilian national team, scoring 10 goals and winning the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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