Even with Tevez looking set to join, Pato won't leave Milan. Not while he's got Silvio Berlusconi's daughter on his arm...
On the face of it Alexandre Pato has it all: young, handsome and extremely talented; leading the front line for the mighty Milan. Then just in case there should be any doubt that the Brazilian whizz is not gilding the lily he happens to go out with Silvio Berlusconi’s daughter.
Daddy Silvio has thus far kept his thoughts to himself on his star striker’s amorous attachment to his little girl but if he ever decides to cash in on his prize asset – Pato that is – there could be tears aplenty in the Berlusconi household. The imminent arrival of Carlos Tevez – and what Silvio wants he usually gets – has caused something of a headache amongst the club’s hierarchy.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri already has Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Pato at his disposal, but with Antonio Cassano recovering from minor heart surgery and very doubtful to feature again this season, you can never be without too many strikers – and then of course Berlusconi likes to splash out on a big name to keep the populous happy.
Tevez fits the bill as the bad boy who only the Milanese giants can tame – they have done so with Ibra and Robinho and to a certain extent Kevin Prince Boateng who went off the rails for a while but has since been towing the line like a good professional athlete.
Of course there was no curbing Ronaldinho’s nocturnal roamings and Berlusconi was forced to send the party-boy on his way mainly because he was out-partying the boss and that would never do. Since Ronnie and his toothy grin moved on things have settled down and the team went about the business of winning the Serie A scudetto last season in routine manner whilst this season they are favourites to retain the title.
He was meant to be the catalyst for assault on the Champions League and domestic title. Instead, he has hardly stepped on the pitch since the start of the campaign.
With Tevez in the side then all bets would be off but where would that leave the golden boy Pato – Paris Saint-Germain, maybe? Chief goalscorer and all round scary fellow Ibrahimovic is always the first name on the team list and by no stretch of the imagination the Swede’s all-round play and eye for goal are reason enough why the Rossoneri have been so dominant on the domestic front.
However, it is a different matter when it comes to Pato who even at the tender age of 22 is gaining something of a tag as a sick note. He was meant to be the catalyst for assault on the Champions League and domestic title. Instead, he has hardly stepped on the pitch since the start of the campaign. The sight of the turbo-charged youngster limping off the pitch after suffering another tear to the femoral bicep (part of the hamstring muscle group, to the layman) has become a common sight to Milan fans.
The worrying aspect of ‘The Duck’ hobbling away from the club’s Milanello training ground brings to mind the case of Michael Owen who became all too familiar to quacks – the white-coated variety. The club’s medical staff inside The Milan Lab – the club’s very own Area 51 where secret tests are carried out, presumably on how to reserve the ageing process on footballers – live in a constant state of dread each time the wunderkid steps on to the pitch.
But then when those fledging muscles are loose and free they can bask in the reflected glory of a moment of sublime skill and pace such as witnessed at the Nou Camp in the Champions League group game this season, when inside 24 seconds of the kick-off, Pato had sprinted past the Barcelona backline to coolly dispatch the ball into the back of the net. No other player in European would have the sheer natural pace to carry off such a feat and that is why Allegri would be loathed to lose a player not even in his prime and who although may not be as angelic off the pitch as his cherubic features suggest, has never garlanded unwanted headlines.
Robinho he could do without, even though the former Manchester City can play at a push play in a more withdrawn role, but having already been forced out as the country’s prime minister, Berlusconi cannot afford to alienate his own football club and supporters not to mention his daughter by even contemplating selling the other Samba boy.
Reports that €35million would pry Pato away from the good life in Milan to Paris Saint-Germain will be laughed out of the court of Silvio and even double that amount would be dismissed. It would take something as far-fetched as the Milan Lab discovering that they had a Michael Owen reincarnate on their hands to even contemplate allowing the future Mr. Berlusconi to leave.
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