Alexandre Pato has confirmed that he's leaving Tianjin Quanjian after two years

Tianjin Quanjian v Guangzhou Evergrande - AFC Champions League Round Of 16 1st Leg

Alexandre Pato has confirmed that he is leaving China after spending two years with Tianjin Tianhai.

The former wonder-kid decided to leave European football in 2017, accumulating over 50 appearances in China and elevating his side to the Asian Champions League.

Writing in an official statement on his Facebook page, Pato explained to his supporters: "I‘d like to inform you that my adventure in China has come to an end.

"These 2 years in China were full of happy moments and new experiences. I am quite sure that China made me grow up as a man, I learnt different culture and habits of this great country.

"I’m proud for sharing my love for football, for giving my contribution to Chinese football and for helping the team with my goals to reach the Asian Champions League for the first time in club’s history and to win against many strong opponents.

Pato releases statement

"I would like to thank my club, my teammates, coaches, all the working people in the club, my fans who always supported me with love and all the nice Chinese people I met during these 2 years in China

"China, I will be forever grateful to you. Love, Pato."

Pato will look to find a new club having already played for the likes of Chelsea and AC Milan throughout his career, but has never reached the potential expected of him.

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What's the future for Pato?

It seems an eternity since Pato was considered one of the biggest talents in world football and fact he is still only 29-years-old shows how far short he fell of expectations.

Pato boasted a decent goal-scoring record of 36 goals in 60 appearances during his time in Asia, yet questions will continue to raised about the quality of football in the far East.

His move to Tianjin was one of many made by Brazilian players to China - following in the footsteps of Oscar, Alex Teixeira and Hulk who were handed eye-watering wages.

Pato was believed to be on a deal worth over £100,000-a-week, providing him with wages he would no longer expect in European football.

That being said, if those reports are true, he wasn't earning as much as Ezequiel Lavezzi and Carlos Tevez during their respective spells in China.

The question now is: where next for Pato?

His name and profile will ensure that European clubs are still interested in his signature, but the 29-year-old is mistaken if he thinks another club like Chelsea will roll the dice once again.


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