Pato Centerstage As Milan Put All Their Duck Eggs In One Basket

Muazzin MehrbanCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2009

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 21:  Pato of AC Milan celebrates after scoring during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Udinese at the Stadio Meazza on December 21, 2008 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by New Press/Getty Images)

Although Pirlo and Ronaldinho remain the biggest names within Milan's ageing crop, the Rossoneri will be turning to the younger of their two Brazilian forwards in the gloomy void left by Kaka's departure.

Alexander Pato might be considered just another one of Brazil's assembly line of promising youngsters, But ask those in the know, and witness for yourself the gilt edge touch and eye for goal this lad has, and you might understand why some, albeit a very small some, label him a hybrid of Messi and Ronaldo.

The quick feet, laser accuracy and pace were enough to convince the Milan hierarchy that the unthinkable sale of Kaka might not consign the club to watching Inter disappear into the distance next season.

It might take some time for the city's red side, still grieving from the loss of their prodigal son, to realise once more just how good Pato is. Make no bones about it, he still has plenty to do and only time will tell us whether he will be able to spearhead Milan's front line.

His playing position is also further forward than that of Kaka's meaning that he will rely more on those playing deeper than him. But if the supply is there, then Pato will be there or there abouts.

Given his age and his potential, he can only get better and the Milanese might just have another Brazilian legend to make banners for.

Alexander the Great anyone?