Brazilian international Bernard, who played the 2014 World Cup with the Seleçao, will return to his training club, Atletico Mineiro, at the end of the European season with Panathinaikos, the Belo Horizonte team announced on Monday. Atletico “has reached an agreement for the recruitment of midfielder Bernard until December 2027”, we can read on the club’s X account (formerly Twitter).
Bernard, 31, will make his return to Brazilian football “in the middle of the year”, at the end of his contract with “Pana”. On Sunday, the pocket midfielder (1.64 m) who often played winger at the start of his career scored the Greek team's first goal in the 2-0 victory against historic rival Olympiakos.
Bernard made his professional debut in 2011 with Atletico Mineiro, with whom he won the Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the European Champions League, two years later alongside Ronaldinho. He was then transferred for 25 million euros to Shakhtar Donetsk, a record sale for the Brazilian club. Bernard also played three seasons in the English Premier League, at Everton (2018-2021), another in the United Arab Emirates (Sharjah FC), before landing at Panathinaikos last season.
At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he started the tournament as a substitute, but was started in place of the injured Neymar during the historic 7-1 rout in the semi-final against Germany.