Pato playing for Milan in 2010
|Full name||Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva|
|Date of birth||2 September 1989|
|Place of birth||Pato Branco, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|São Paulo FC
(on loan from Corinthians)
|2014–||→ São Paulo (loan)||47||(17)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:55, 13 August 2015 (UTC).
Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐleˈʃɐ̃dɾi ʁoˈdɾiɡiz dɐ ˈsiwvɐ], born 2 September 1989), commonly known as Alexandre Pato or just Pato, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for São Paulo FC and the Brazil national team as a forward.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Style of play
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In June 2006, at only 16 years of age, Pato was signed by Sport Club Internacional to compete in the Campeonato Brasileiro Sub-20. Despite the fact that he was competing against players up to four years older than he was, Pato became top scorer of the competition as Internacional Sub-20 defeated Grêmio 4–0 in the championship's final match. Ready to join the Inter 13th team in November that same year, his debut finally happened at the Estádio Palestra Itália against São Paulo team Palmeiras for the Campeonato Brasileiro. Alexandre Pato met and surpassed any and all expectations of what was expected of him as he scored his first professional goal within the first minute of the game. The rest of his participation was spent dribbling and confusing defenders as he made two assists (and almost scoring another himself) to help Internacional rout Palmeiras 4–1. He was substituted off in the 77th minute.
He was included in the Internacional squad that won the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup. During this event, Pato broke Pelé's long standing record as he became the youngest ever player to score in a FIFA-organised competition at the age of 17 years and 102 days old against African club champions Al-Ahly. Pelé was 17 years and 239 days old when he scored against Wales during the 1958 FIFA World Cup.
Keeping up with his promising figure, Pato debuted at the Campeonato Gaúcho on 24 February against Veranópolis and scored a goal in the 2–1 victory. He also debuted in Copa Libertadores on 28 February against Emelec of Ecuador (also his first game at Beira-Rio) and scored once during the 3–0 thumping. But the biggest highlight of Pato's time with Internacional was during the Recopa Sudamericana, as he helped Internacional win their first ever title of that competition. Against Pachuca of Mexico, he scored one goal in the 2–1 defeat in Mexico. But on the return game on 7 June and with more than 51,000 Colorados present, Pato had a great performance as he scored once and led the 4–0 to win Internacional's third international title.
2007–2010: Breakthrough seasons
Due to FIFA football regulations regarding non-EU minors, Pato was unable to play-official matches for Milan until 3 January 2008, when the Italian transfer window and registration reopened. Milan, however, were allowed to include the player in friendlies and training beginning 3 September 2007, one day after his 18th birthday. Pato made his non-competitive debut in a 2–2 draw against Dynamo Kyiv on 7 September 2007 and scored a header. On 4 January 2008, Pato's transfer to Milan became official.
Pato scored his first Milan goal on his Serie A debut against Napoli in a 5–2 home victory on 13 January 2008. He scored his first brace for Milan, in a 2–0 victory over Genoa at the San Siro on 27 January. He finished the 2007–08 season with nine goals in 20 appearances (18 in the league).
In late 2008, Pato scored two goals in Milan's 5–1 win over Udinese just before the Christmas break, and managed to shine again with a brace against Roma the following matchday at the Stadio Olimpico on 11 January 2009, proving that he is a vital part of Milan's attack. He continued his impressive form for Milan, hitting six goals in four games, including a game winning strike against Fiorentina on 18 January. On 15 February, he scored his 11th goal of the season in a 2–1 defeat against home rivals Inter Milan. On 26 February, Pato scored his 12th goal of the season against Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup, a game Milan drew 2–2; but with this, were knocked out the competition on the away goals rule. Pato continued his good form with two goals against Siena on 15 March. Pato finished the 2008–09 season as Milan's top goalscorer with 18 goals.
On 22 August 2009, in the first Serie A match of the 2009–10 season, Pato scored a goal in each half during the 2–1 win against Siena. Around two months later, on 21 October 2009, during matchday three of the Champions league group stage, Pato scored two-second-half goals in a 3–2 win against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu. He has since played at the right wing in a 4–3–3 formation. On 18 January 2010, Pato was awarded the 2009 Serie A Young Footballer of the Year award at the Oscar del Calcio ceremony, becoming the first Brazilian to be awarded with the title. On his return to the team from injury, Pato scored a goal in each of Milan's next three games against Udinese, Bari, and Fiorentina. On 28 February, he scored a brace in the first half at the San Siro, helping Milan beat Atalanta 3–1 but coming off halfway through the second half due to a hamstring injury. This injury forced him to miss two crucial trips to Roma and Manchester United. In an unfortunate conclusion to Pato's season, he injured the same muscle again shortly after returning and was forced to miss the rest of the season, playing only 20 games due to constant injuries.
2011–2013: Injuries and decline
In the first match of the season against Lecce, he scored two goals in Milan's 4–0 win. However, he found himself on the treatment table just after his first two matches of the season, which ruled him out for the next three matches. In his next full match after his injury, he scored twice against Chievo at the San Siro, returning to his position as a striker in a 4–3–1–2 formation. He then scored once again against Bari at the Stadio San Nicola. After a string of great performances, Pato injured his hamstring for the third time in less than a year. This injury ruled him out for six weeks.
On 9 January, he scored his first two goals of 2011 to help Milan draw 4–4 against Udinese after going down 3–1. On 26 January, he scored two goals helping, Milan to win 2–1 against Sampdoria in Coppa Italia. On 6 February he scored a goal against Genoa helping Milan to draw 1–1. Another remarkable goal of his came on 20 February when he scored the winning goal in a 2–1 away victory over Chievo, when he dribbled in between two defenders and finished off with a goal off the post. He scored the third goal after assisting Kevin-Prince Boateng in a 3–0 victory over Napoli on 28 February. With fellow striker Zlatan Ibrahimović suspended for the Derby della Madonnina with Inter Milan, Pato's two goals saw AC Milan secure their much needed three points. He dedicated his brace to his supporters. Assisted by Boateng, he scored the second goal in a 2–1 away win against Fiorentina on 10 April.
On 13 September, in a Champions League group-stage match against FC Barcelona, Pato scored the fifth-fastest goal in the competition's history, 24 seconds after kick-off. Later that month, he suffered a thigh injury during a 1–1 draw with Udinese. Pato made his return as a sub against Fiorentina and hit the post in the 79th minute in a 0–0 draw. He then scored and won a penalty in a 4–0 win against Chievo and in midweek, scored against Viktoria Plzeň and setup Robinho in a 2–2 draw. He started against Bologna the next week in a 2–2 draw. In January 2012, Pato was on the brink of moving to French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain. This move would have given Milan the opportunity to make a bid for Manchester City's Carlos Tevez. On 12 January, however, Pato refused the transfer, citing his commitment for the Rossoneri. During the Coppa Italia round of 16 victory over Novara, Pato picked up a muscle strain in his thigh, which tests revealed an injury of his biceps femoris of his left thigh, resulting in him missing the remainder of the season.
Before the start of the new season, Pato switched to the squad number 9, as Filippo Inzaghi had retired at the end of the 2011–2012 season. In the third training session of the season he injured his thigh and was kept out for the first six weeks of the new season. On 21 October 2012, Pato made his return to Milan, in which he assisted El Shaarawy for the second goal in a 3–2 away defeat to Lazio. On 6 November 2012, in a Champions League group stage match, Pato scored his first goal of the season with a header in a 1–1 draw against Malaga. He scored for the last time for Milan in the Champions League against Anderlecht on 21 November 2012.
On 3 January 2013, Pato signed for Corinthians for a fee of €15 million (£12.18m) in a four-year deal. His debut for the club occurred against Oeste, with Pato scoring on his first touch on the ball after a pass by Paulinho, maintaining his reputation of scoring in his debut matches. On 27 February 2013 in the Copa Libertadores he scored against Colombian team Millonarios with a volley from a cross.
In May 2013, however, Pato was criticized by fans of Corinthians, after he missed two open nets against Goiás. The forward was defended by his coach Tite. According to the manager: "This pressure comes from his high transfer fee. But football is not only about money. If it was just about money, we would not have won Libertadores last year".
On 6 June after Corinthians lost to Cruzeiro 1–0, Pato was criticised again by Fiel, the largest Corinthians supporters club. The former milanista missed four goal chances, and once again was defended by Tite. According to the coach: "He's improved in precision. I asked for this after the game against Ponte Preta: 'Target for goal'. Considering he shot in the direction of the goal and the rival goalkeeper had a good game, the coach is going to award recognition. I always look at the other side. It is necessary to recognise that Fábio had a very happy game, it was his merit. If Pato had missed, I would ask him to improve. By today was Fábio's merit."
On 24 October, Alexandre Pato missed the final penalty in a penalty shootout against Grêmio that saw his Corinthians team knocked out of the Copa do Brasil. The penalty was described by some sources as "horrific", as Pato attempted to chip the ball but got no power behind his shot, and it was easily caught by Grêmio's keeper, and Pato's teammate at Milan, Dida.
While Jádson moved to Corinthians permanently, Pato transferred to Tricolor until December 2015, during which time half of his salary (R$ 400,000) will continue to be paid by Corinthians. If Pato receives a proposal in June or July, when the transfer window re-opens in Europe, he can be negotiated to cover Corinthians investment of €15 million.
According to Pato's agent, Gilmar Veloz, he left Corinthians because Mano Menezes, the new coach of club, contrary to Tite, his predecessor, did not want Pato at the club. Menezes preferred a midfielder, therefore Jadson, who was sitting on the bench at São Paulo, went the opposite way. In Veloz's words: "He (Pato) stayed with no place with new coach (Mano Menezes), who wanted Jadson and did not want Pato. He had other plans, another tactical system in his mind. Pato was not important for Mano's scheme."
On 10 April 2014, in his second game for São Paulo, he scored his first goal for his new club against CSA. He had made his debut in the second round of the Brazilian Cup in the first leg match against CSA. In a 3–0 victory in the second leg, Pato scored the first goal of the game, after an assist coming from Maicon.
After gaining prominence at club level, Pato was called up for the youth teams of Brazil. He helped Brazil win the 2007 South American Youth Championship, which qualified the country for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and was selected by Brazil coach Dunga for the 2008 Summer Olympics. He scored his first goal for the senior Brazilian team on his debut against Sweden at the Emirates Stadium in England on 26 March 2008, beating Pelé's record of scoring a goal within seconds of his full international debut.
He became a regular under new coach Mano Menezes, wearing the number 9 jersey. He scored a goal in Brazil's 2–0 friendly win over the United States on 10 August 2010. He scored the second goal in Brazil's 3–0 win against Iran on 7 October 2010. Pato's success in the Brazil national team continued as he again scored in a friendly match against Ukraine, where they won 2–0.
Pato was selected for the Brazil Olympic Football team for London 2012 Olympics. He scored a header against Belarus at Old Trafford to make it 1–1, Brazil went on to win the match 3–1.
Pato scored twice as Brazil beat Sweden 3–0 in the final international match at the Rasunda Stadium in Stockholm (Sweden 15 August 2012). He entered in the 76th, scored on a header in the 85th and converted a penalty kick two minutes later after a foul by Pontus Wernbloom.
Style of play
A quick, agile, and creative forward, with excellent technical ability, and an eye for goal, Pato was considered to be one of the world's most promising young footballing stars in his youth; his former managers Carlos Dunga and Carlo Ancelotti even likened his ability to that of other legendary Brazilian attacking players, such as Careca, Kakà, Romário, and Ronaldo. A versatile forward, he is capable of playing anywhere along the front line; despite being right footed, he can strike the ball well and powerfully with both feet, beat opponents when dribbling, and create chances for team-mates. He is also effective in the air and accurate with his head, despite not being particularly tall or physically imposing. In 2010, Don Balón listed him as one of the 100 most talented young players born after 1989. As his career progressed with Milan, however, he suffered numerous recurring injuries, which affected his pace, fitness, consistency, and mobility, and limited his amount of playing time at a young age; as a result, he is regarded by some in the media to have failed to live up to his initial potential.
Pato said in an interview with the Brazilian television program Esporte Espetacular that at age 11, he broke his arm a found a tumor in the arm and feared the arm needed to be amputated. Thankfully, the surgery to remove the tumor was successful and did not require an amputation.
In 2007, Pato was engaged to Brazilian actress Sthefany Brito. They mutually split up in January 2009. However, they got back together, and on 7 July 2009, they married in a ceremony at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro. However, the marriage lasted less than ten months, and the couple divorced on 21 April 2010, with Brito citing Pato's constant partying as the reason for their split. In 2010, he had a brief romance with Miss Brazil 2010, Débora Lyra.
On 2 July 2013, after two and a half years of relationship, Pato broke up with his girlfriend, Barbara Berlusconi. According to Albanian and Turkish media, Pato was on a relationship with the Albanian actress and model, Almeda Abazi.
- As of match played 12 July 2015.
1Continental competitions include the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana and Recopa Sudamericana.
2Other tournaments include the FIFA Club World Cup, Campeonato Gaúcho, Campeonato Paulista and Supercoppa Italiana.
|Brazil national team|
- Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.
|1.||26 March 2008||Emirates Stadium, England||Sweden||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2.||10 August 2010||New Meadowlands Stadium, United States||United States||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3.||7 October 2010||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Iran||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|4.||11 October 2010||Pride Park Stadium, Derby, England||Ukraine||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|5.||13 July 2011||Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba, Argentina||Ecuador||1–0||4–2||2011 Copa América|
|6.||13 July 2011||Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba, Argentina||Ecuador||3–2||4–2||2011 Copa América|
|7.||30 May 2012||FedEx Field, Landover, United States||United States||4–1||4–1||Friendly|
|8.||15 August 2012||Råsunda Stadium, Solna Municipality, Sweden||Sweden||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|9.||15 August 2012||Råsunda Stadium, Solna Municipality, Sweden||Sweden||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|10.||7 September 2013||Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil||Australia||5–0||6–0||Friendly|
- South American Youth Championship: 2007
- Olympic Bronze Medal: 2008
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 2009
- Olympic Silver Medal: 2012
- Brazilian U-20 Championships Top-Scorer – 2006
- Brazilian U-20 Championships Most Valuable Player – 2006
- Sendai Cup Top-Scorer – 2006
- Sendai Cup Most Valuable Player – 2006
- Serie A Player of the Month – January 2009
- Tuttosport Golden Boy of the Year – 2009
- Serie A Young Footballer of the Year – 2009
- Italian Football Oscars Best Young Player – 2009
- Golden Boy Award – 2009
- Celso de Campos Jr., "The Mighty Duck", FourFourTwo, Haymarket Publications, pg. 68–70, November 2007 edition.
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- Alexandre Pato's 24-second strike against Barcelona & the fastest goals in Champions League history
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- The 24-year-old has acknowledged the disappointment of supporters after his failed chip from the spot – but refuted accusations of carelessness
- "Horror Penalty - Alexandre Pato (Corinthians) Vs Dida (Gremio) - Quarterfinals (Copa do Brasil)". YouTube. FootballMania. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- "Negócio fechado: São Paulo e Corinthians trocam Jadson por Pato" [Done deal: São Paulo and Corinthians trade Jadson for Pato] (in Portuguese). Globo.com. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- Corinthians e São Paulo acertam troca de Alexandre Pato por Jadson
- Empresário 'culpa' Mano por saída de Pato do Corinthians
- No adeus a Juvenal, São Paulo passa pelo CSA com gol de Pato
- "Dunga convoca 22 jogadores para Seleção Olímpica". Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (in Portuguese). 26 November 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2007.
- "Alexandre Pato profile: 10 things you need to know about the Brazilian wunderkind". Daily Mirror. 2 September 1989. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
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- "Ancelotti: "Ronie pronto Pato mi ricorda Careca"" [Ancelotti: "Ronie is ready Pato reminds me of Careca"] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- Luca Calamai (4 December 2007). "Il Fenomeno PATO" [PATO the phenomenon] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- Stefano Cantalupi; Valerio Clari (16 December 2009). "Next Generation: Pato Il futuro ha il suo re" [Next Generation: Pato The future has its king]. La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- "Don Balon’s list of the 100 best young players in the world". 2 November 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- "Gli infortuni di Pato" [Pato's injuries] (in Italian). Il Post. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
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- "Milan's Pato: I Nearly Lost A Limb To Cancer". Goal.com. 30 March 2009.
- "Pato and Sthefany break up" (in Portuguese). futbolita.com. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
- "Pato and Sthefany Brito's Wedding!". Futbolita.com. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "Wife of Brazil ace dumps him over his wild partying ways". Sify.com. 24 April 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "Alexandre Puto está namorando a Miss Brasil Débora Lyra: "Estou muito feliz", diz ela". Gente.ig.com.br. 6 January 1990. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- Almeda Abazi histori dashurie me futbollistin Pato?
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- "Jogos Seleção brasileria em 2008". cbf.com.br (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Futebol. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
- "Jogos Seleção brasileria em 2010". cbf.com.br (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Futebol. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
- Official website (Portuguese)