Sao Paulo frontman Alex Pato has identified himself as the best Brazilian striker in the world today.
Speaking to TV Bandeirantes’s Terceiro Tempo [as per Goal], the former AC Milan man has attempted to assert himself in Dunga’s plans ahead of the Brazil coach’s squad unveiling for upcoming fixtures against Chile and Venezuela.
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“I want to return to the Selecao, that’s my aim. It [the squad] will be announced on Thursday, and I deserve to be in the national team. I am the best Brazilian striker, I don’t see anyone better,” the forward began.
“I can be there, I can help team-mates, either as false nine, on the left, on the right, but it’s Dunga’s decision.”
Pato’s career has been ravaged by injury—leading to him to eschew a career in Europe for a return to his homeland—but the forward appears to steadily be getting back to his best.
The striker bagged his 22nd goal of the season, against Gremio, on Sunday, taking on a mass of opposition defenders before finishing from just outside the goal.
Pato clearly expects to be named by Dunga for the upcoming squad following his excellent recent form.
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The forward had been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with north London pair Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both reportedly keen to acquire him.
The Gunners ultimately opted not to sign an outfield player—much to the chagrin of the club’s supporters—while Spurs only bolstered their forward line with the signing of Son Heung-min. The South Korean international enjoyed a big reputation in Germany, but was anonymous on his debut against Sunderland.