July 28th, 2011

Vacay: Alexandre Pato & Barbara Berlusconi

Yacht in Porto Rotondo, Sardinia? Check. Neatly trimmed beard, greased down hair and sharply defined guns of an international playboy? Check. Bored stare into the middle distance as gorgeous blonde girlfriend smothers one with overly demonstrative expressions of love? Check.  Alex Pato, you have everything an elite player needs to enjoy his pre-season break. Good luck to you.

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25 Responses to “Vacay: Alexandre Pato & Barbara Berlusconi”

  1. mimibla says:

    she ain't gorgeous, also her father is the most horrible man known to earth.

  2. Deb S says:

    Normally he doesn't do a whole lot for me but he looks really hot in this picture.

  3. LuvinBale says:

    I think I am the only weirdo who thinks he looks HOT in this picture. I dont know why but brooding shirtless just does something for me. Just remove her from the picture and I am all good.

  4. Cella.xx says:

    i think they are sweet cuple……but the face?????????????????

  5. Shelley says:

    Pato has an average to small willy…..there is internet proof!

  6. MnMn says:

    she's a one lucky girl!! love the hair

  7. Michelle says:

    I'm usually not one to comment on here, but there is something that irks me about Barbara. Intelligent yes, but it's hard to believe her when she says she is seeking to make an independent legacy for herself when she is actively benefitting from Nepotism on behalf of her father. It's hard to believe she wrote her thesis on the value of economic morality when she is working in the same family business that is literally contributing to the economic meltdown in Italy.

    Other than that, save for her chin, I think she's gorgeous. :)

    • Rossanera says:

      She wrote a thesis, which for me, gives her +100 bonus points vis-a-vis other WAGs … she's working to make a name for herself, rather than simply spending the family money … so, she's Berlusconi's daughter … you can't choose your family! I'd like for her to be judged according to her own credentials and not merely the man who conceived her. I respect her. I like her. In a country like Italy, where young girls have so few role models that they can only aspire to be showgirls, she's provided, as an educated, hardworking entrepreneur, a positive example. She's very committed to Milan and I think if we give her time we will see good things from her.

      • Michelle says:

        I've never argued to the fact that she is intelligent. I believe it's reasonable and logical to give respect where respect is due. The problem I have is where you say that she is attempting to make a name for herself independent of her father. She is crafting a legacy through the family business. That is nepotism at it's finest. She is contributing to an empire that is defined by its rampant corruption. There was an article in the guardian recently (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jul/15/young-italians-flee-corruption) that revealed that a number of young italians are leaving italy in search of work elsewhere due to the amount of nepotism that is flooding Italy. She is an example of that nepotism. You might say she is a hard worker, but it is impossible to not acknowledge the fact that connections have largely gotten her to where she is today.

        As for her thesis, like I said before, it seems a bit hypocritical for her to lead conferences and studies on economic morality when she herself is working in the family business that was recently fined 650 Million Euros for corruption in the past. I believe if she truly had the desire to see and cultivate an economic system that benefited the working man, she wouldn't have entered into the business that is a large part of the current problem of economic disparities.

        I feel as if you barely read my comment and are merely replying with your own opinions (which I respect).

        • Rossanera says:

          Maybe I shouldn't have replied to your comment and just posted my own separately. I hope I didn't make you feel like you were attacked. You did raise some very valid points and I don't dispute them.

          I think it's a bit of an overstatement to characterize her working for the family business as "nepotism at its finest." Nepotism is favoritism granted to relatives or friends regardless of merit. She's arguably qualified. She's "crafting a legacy", but isn't that what everyone who goes into the family business does?

          But here's the thing: if you're Italian (and I will assume you are because you and I seem to be the only people using this post as an opportunity to talk Italian socio-economic politics, which is AWESOME) , you are probably aware that, sadly, nepotism is a pervasive cultural phenomenon in Italy. It's just how things get done. Can you really fault the girl for playing the game by the rules that govern? Subvert the system from within? It sucks, but until we see a massive cultural shift in Italy … I think you see what I'm trying to say. Maybe she'll be part of a new generation that will break the cycle?

          • Michelle says:

            Hi Rossanera,

            I never got that impression. I greatly respect your opinion as you also raise up valid points! I can try and send you other links about her thesis (which was very good by the way) as soon as I can. I can tell you off the top of my head though, that she used the work of Amartya Sen as her main academic source. If you're able to get a hold of any of her writings (google scholar is the best for this) I think you would find them to be very fulfilling!

            Back to nepotism, the original definition is "the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, esp. by giving them jobs." Regardless of merit (if merit were the source of her getting the job, then why don't all PhD doctorates also receive jobs to the extent of hers?), I still believe that it's a waste of a wonderful ideology when the author herself is working at something that creates the problem. I think that's my largest bone to pick with her. I think a girl of her stature has more of the potential to alter the rules that govern than any normal person, and by going into football management she is squandering that opportunity. However, in the end I think you are completely right when you say that " until we see a massive cultural shift in Italy…" nothing can change. It's unfortunate, but Berlusconi has been in power so long (thankfully his own party has recently ignited a small reactionary movement against him http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7fa6305c-b7b8-11e0… and the country has merely learned to "go with the flow." I have faith in the Italian people, though. If anything, comparative history has taught us that grass root political movements have oftentimes proven successful!

            Unfortunately, I am not Italian. :( However, I am currently studying the development of modern societies and Italy is one of my focuses. :)

            It's refreshing to have a conversation like this!

            • Rossanera says:

              Oh, Italy is such a FASCINATING case study! I'm an attorney but I did political science and sociology as my undergraduate work. Have you read Robert Putnam's Making Democracy Work? It's a great exposition of all the things you talked about. There are some great books out on the Berlusconi era, too. I actually just wrote a piece about him for a law journal article. You can email me at ecotignola@gmail.com if you'd like and I'll send you some info or we can just continue the discussion.

              • Michelle says:

                Yes, aside from Mexico, Italy has been my favorite case study. I've been working my way from early 20th century until now (although I've done studies on the formation of Italy post Holy Roman Empire as well) and it's been a long process but very very rewarding.

                That's wonderful! It's funny that you mentioned Putnam's book. It's one of my required readings for fall term! I'm looking forward to reading it as I've had countless people tell me of its importance. What branch of law do you work in? It's so nice meeting other political science fanatics :)

                I'll be sure to e-mail you soon! I'm currently in Brazil and internet connection comes by every other day or so. I might not be able to respond immediately, but I would still like to read the article you wrote. It sounds interesting. :)

                • Rossanera says:

                  I'll await your email then, and in response to your question, I JUST wrote the bar exam (this week! worst 72 hours of LIFE!) so I am unemployed, but my areas of specialty are international law, intellectual property, and antitrust.

                  I thought Putnam's book was insightful but overly conclusory. I've actually written critiques of his works, too. If I can dig them up on my old laptop, I'll be sure to pass them along.

          • L. Sherry says:

            I agree with the both of you, the only thing for me is the nepostism is pretty obvious. Like you said, she is "arguably qualified" sometimes I'm inclined to believe that she hasn't necessarily done all this research herself, but hey, that's just me. I think she is intelligent though, but being intelligent doesn't mean your qualified for everything.

        • Rossanera says:

          Also, do you have more info about her thesis and work in general? You seem very well-versed, and that article in the Guardian (I love the Guardian!) was a good read.

      • mimibla says:

        Don't know if u have read her interview from CORRIERE DELLA SERA. She managed to make and absolute fool of herself, trying to defend her despicable father and slightly less despicable sister from the Mondadori affair… I was kind of willing to give her a chance before that but God, did she say some terrible bullshit. She is, no doubt, the product of her household. I guess it's true, you can't pick your parents, but you can (MUST I'd say) try to be a better person compared to your embarassing sexist ignorant homophobe daddy. She seems to glorify him which makes her look rather silly.

  8. Annie says:

    She has climbed on him !!!

  9. Natasha says:

    I know I'm gonna get a lot of thumbs down,but I'll admit that I'd rather seem him with Stephanie Brito than with Barbara

  10. footballandme says:

    Am I the only person that gets a bit icky when I see Pato and Barbara? They look good together and from THIS picture she looks more into him then he does her… But knowing that her Dad owns AC Milan, is it just some kind of scheme to keep him and the club and the Berlusconi's in a better light?

    Wish them the best though…

  11. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Poor barbara, people will draw a conclusion from this photo – not very good one may I say.

    His hair, love it!.