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.