Brazilian Alexandre Pato, right, poses with Tianjian Quanjian coach Fabio Cannavaro. (Photo courtesy of AlexandrePato's official Twitter account)

Brazilian Pato Joins China's Tianjin Quanjian


JANUARY 31, 2017

Mumbai. Alexandre Pato has become the latest high-profile player to move to China with the Brazilian striker joining Tianjin Quanjian for the new Super League, or CSL, season.

Pato, named the best young player in Europe in 2009, signed for AC Milan before his 18th birthday for 26 million euros ($27.2 million) but never fulfilled his potential.

Tianjin is managed by former Italy World Cup-winning defender Fabio Cannavaro who along with Pato confirmed the deal on social media. The terms were not disclosed.

The 27-year-old Pato joined Spanish side Villarreal last year and will link up with Belgian midfielder Alex Witsel at the newly promoted team.

CSL clubs have made a number of high-profile signings recently, with Shanghai SIPG buying Brazil midfielder Oscar from Chelsea for 60 million euros.

Shanghai Shenhua signed Argentine striker Carlos Tevez for a reported 84 million euros.