TEN OF THE BEST: PATRIC

Patric - Gamba Osaka
Patric - Gamba Osaka, J-League.

East Asian Soccer picks Ten of the Best personalities and players in the 2016 Asian Champions League.

Number 4 – Patric

The Brazilian has been the perfect foil for Gamba Osaka’s finesse laden attack including Takashi Usami, Shu Kurata and the irrepressible Yasuhito Endo. Patric’s directness – in stark contrast to the Gamba philosophy – is what makes him so important to this team.

It was Patric who turned Gamba Osaka’s fortunes around in 2014. After a less than inspiring start to the season, his mid-season arrival spurned 9 goals and a phenomenal domestic trophy treble.

Last season the 28 year old posted 12 goals in the J-League plus one in the finals series, and 4 in Gamba’s Asian Champions League semi final run.

With power and speed it’s a guarantee we will see more of Patric’s famed ‘gun toting’ celebrations.

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