Alexandre Pato has confirmed he will be leaving Chinese Super League side Tianjin Tianhai.
The 29-year-old joined the club – then known as Tianjin Quanjian – in January 2017 from LaLiga side Villarreal and scored 34 goals in 58 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Pato, who has been capped 27 times by Brazil, has not featured in Tianjin Tianhai's opening two games of the season and has taken to social media to confirm that his time in China is over.
Hi guys, 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. 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. 谢谢 China, I will be forever grateful to you. Love, Pato
"My dear Chinese friends, I'd like to inform you that my adventure in China has come to an end," he wrote on Instagram.
"These two years in China were full of happy moments with my team-mates and full of new experiences. I am quite sure that China made me grow up as a man.
"I would like to thank my club, my team-mates, coaches, all the working people in the club, my fans and supporters who always sent me wishes and love and all the nice Chinese people I met during these two years in China.
"I hope I imparted to you my big love for football and now a new adventure is about to start for me."
I know he didn't pan out to be what he was supposed to, but Alexandre Pato is 1) still just 29 years old, and 2) now a free agent.— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) March 16, 2019
If I were an MLS team in need of a center forward, I'd probably pick up the phone.