Why Alexandre Pato turned down European offers for Orlando City SC

Earlier than he turned a head-turning offseason signing for Orlando City SC, Alexandre Pato confronted different offers for his globetrotting career’s subsequent cease.

Orlando’s shiny new acquisition addressed the media for the primary time since his stateside arrival on Friday, revealing that he had suitors in Europe, Asia and Brazil, however turned all of them all the way down to sign with the Lions. The foundation of that decision? Pato said it merely got here all the way down to feeling as if Orlando will present the best high quality of life, each for himself and his household.

“I acquired many alternatives to go to Europe once more, to Asia and [the United Arab] Emirates. I said for my household, ‘No, I wish to be extra happy.’ I do not know, possibly [other places] have excellent football and good individuals, however I said, ‘No, I need a new challenge’ however I want to search out someplace good for a household,” Pato said. 

“I anticipated for the new step, for the new membership [to] get my happiness back for myself. I wish to just be happy.”

Pato burst onto the world stage as a highly-touted teenager at Internacional and AC Milan, embarking on a well-traveled career that is included Serie A, La Liga and Premier League stops. Whereas the 31-year-old Brazilian forward has been hampered by accidents at instances, he seems like he has lots nonetheless to offer.

“I’m 31 years old,” he said. “I’m so young. I’m nonetheless so young.”

Pato, early into his Orlando stay, said he is already linked with head coach Oscar Pareja, who led the Florida-based membership to their most profitable MLS marketing campaign to date throughout his first year on the sidelines in 2020. Upon becoming a member of a formidable attack that features Designated Gamers like Nani and Mauricio Pereyra, Pato said he is trying forward to working along with his new coach.

“He’s like a father,” Pato said of Pareja. “He loves you, however generally he is aware of [you] want a push. … I’ll give every part for him. From the primary impression, he’s wonderful.”

In a setting the place he feels comfy and happy with life off the field, Pato’s assured he can make an affect in Orlando.

“I’m so empowered now,” he said. “My mentality is empowered. I perceive what I have to do to take pleasure in my work. I have to work hard. You get some issues essential in your life, it is advisable work hard. In order that’s my challenge once I settle for to come to Orlando.”


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