Alexandre Pato knows very well what David Beckham can produce on a football pitch.

That's why he is hoping the Brazilian U23 national team do not come up against Great Britain at this summer's Olympic football tournament if the LA Galaxy star is selected in Stuart Pearce's squad.

Beckham could be one of three overage players on the Team GB roster and AC Milan young gun Pato is wary of the threat that his former teammate can cause.

"David has a lot to give in terms of his professionalism, in training, his expertise and his experience," Pato said.

"As a passer, a shooter, a free-kick expert he is a great asset and we do have to be very careful with him in these positions.

"If he can play for Great Britain at the Olympics he will be a real asset."

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