Pato in public bid to woo ‘most beautiful’ Chinese actress


Shanghai (AFP) – Brazilian football star Alexandre Pato celebrated Tianjin Quanjian’s victory in the AFC Champions League with a very public attempt at wooing the Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat.

The 28-year-old Pato and his team-mates held up a poster showing two pictures — one of him and one of Dilmurat — as Tianjin supporters chanted her name following Wednesday’s 4-2 home victory over Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea.

The poster — it was unclear who made it — had a message on it imploring Pato to play well because “Dilraba is watching the live broadcast”.

Tianjin fans then bombarded Dilmurat with messages on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter and where she has nearly 40 million followers, urging her to reciprocate Pato’s interest.

Dilmurat, 25, a popular television and film actress, did not respond and reports say that she is yet to cave in to Pato’s overtures.

Last week, Pato, a former AC Milan star who has rejuvenated his career in China, posted a message on Weibo to Dilmurat saying in Chinese: “I can’t forget you are one of the most beautiful Chinese.”

Tianjin fans, who saw their side win thanks to two late goals from Pato and the French striker Anthony Modeste, did their best to help Pato.

“Pato scored again. You go reply him little sister,” wrote one Weibo user to Dilmurat.

Another asked her: “Raba, did you see Pato’s performance?”

But not everyone was amused by Pato’s attempts to get the attention of Dilmurat, who is from China’s traditionally Muslim region of Xinjiang.

Yu Yuyang, a reporter with Oriental Sports, a major Chinese publication, said on Weibo that Pato’s behaviour was inappropriate and “it is debatable whether this has anything to do with football”.

25+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, Liga MX, MLS & World Cup
  • Includes ESPN, FOX, Univision, TUDN and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
  • Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
  • Watch Argentine league, Brasileirāo and Copa Libertadores
  • Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, Copa del Rey & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo.
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & more
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Get All 3 And Save 30%
  • $13.99/mo. for ESPN+, Disney+ & Hulu
  • Includes Bundesliga, LaLiga, NHL & the home to UFC
  • Features Marvel, Star Wars + shows & movies for your entire family

Leave a Reply

Translate »