Ex-Chelsea striker Alexandre Pato re-signs with MLS side Orlando City following injury-hit 2021 and says ‘a new year, a new goal!’ as he bids to get his once-promising career back on track
- Alexandre Pato has rejoined MLS Orlando City for the 2022 MLS season
- The 32-year-old picked up a knee injury in the 2021 season opener for Orlando
- He would miss the majority of the season but is hoping to feature more this year
- Pato was loaned to Chelsea in 2013 but played just twice during that time
- He did however score on his debut having scored the penalty that he won
Former Chelsea striker Alexandre Pato has re-signed with Orlando City on a one-year deal.
The 32-year-old joined the MLS side in 2021 but he picked up a knee injury in the 80th minute of the team’s first game.
The injury required surgery and as a result, he missed 28 games.
Alexandre Pato has re-signed with MLS side Orlando City ahead of the 2022 season
The Brazilian would go on to make five appearances for the Lions, including in the Club’s Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs match against Nashville SC.
Pato took to Twitter on Saturday to announce he was staying with Orlando for another season as he looks to get his career back on track.
‘A new year, a new goal!’ he tweeted.
‘After a year of much learning and overcoming. We will go again together!’
Orlando is the ninth club Pato has played for in his professional career which includes a loan spell at Chelsea.
Pato joined Chelsea in January 2016 but did not make his debut until April. Brought on as a substitute against Aston Villa, he won a penalty and converted, scoring his only goal for the club.
He would go on to make just one more appearance for the London club before returning to his parent side Corinthians.
Pato was loaned to Chelsea in 2013 but made just two appearances for the London club
Pato’s career started with him being heralded as a star of the future but consistent injuries has seen his stock in the game fall.
He began his career at Internacional before switching to Milan.
Pato scored 51 goals in 117 games but returned to Brazil in 2013.
The 32-year-old has won five club trophies in his career including the FIFA Club World Cup, two Recopa Sudamericanas and the Italian Scudetto.
The promising forward will be hoping to reignite a career with has been plagued by injury