Where are they now? Brazil’s wasted generation that could have won the World Cup

Three days after a World Cup final he could have been playing in at the Maracanã stadium, striker Alexandre Pato, 24, is warming the bench at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. He lost his place in São Paulo FC’s starting line-up to unknown Alan Kardec.

Coach Muricy Ramalho only brings the former AC Milan targetman on in the second half, when victory over tiny Bahia is already secured in the Brazilian championship. No Barbara Berlusconi, no fancy ads, no Seleção for him in the recent past. His Brazil No.9 was Fred’s instead.

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