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This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Rodrigues and the second is Silva.
Alexandre Pato
Alexandre Pato Brazil.jpg
Personal information
Full name Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva
Date of birth 2 September 1989 (1989-09-02) (age 20)
Place of birth Pato Branco, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Striker, Winger
Club information
Current club Milan
Number 7
Youth career
2000–2006 Internacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Internacional 10 (6)
2007– Milan 74 (36)
National team
2008 Brazil Olympic 6 (2)
2008– Brazil 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 February 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 October 2009

Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva (born 2 September 1989 in Pato Branco, Paraná), commonly known as Alexandre Pato, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a striker for Italian Serie A club Milan and the Brazilian national team. The nickname "Pato" is in honour of his place of birth, but has led to commentators calling him "The Duck", which is the literal translation of "Pato" from Portuguese. He is known for his quick pace, skillful dribbling and powerful shot. He is regarded as one of the most promising young prospects in world football.

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Early career

He started playing indoor football (futsal) in his hometown at the age of three. Soon, his ability became known all around the south Brazilian state of Paraná for being skillful and talented goal scorer and, after being praised by many of his managers, the teenager went to Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, to try out for Grêmio. He was turned away by Grêmio, the club whom he had supported since a boy – but local rivals Internacional convinced him to play for them. Despite the two clubs being bitter enemies, Pato’s parents convinced their youngster to switch his allegiance.[2][3]

In 2000, when he was aged 11, his doctors determined he had a potentially malignant tumor in his left arm, which occurred after he had broken it twice in the same place. If it had not been removed, he faced the possibility of it becoming cancerous in two months. His family couldn't afford the surgery but one of their family friends, who is a doctor, operated as a volunteer for free.[4]

Club career

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Internacional

On his first team debut on November 26, 2006, at the age of 17, he helped Internacional to a 4-1 win over Palmeiras. In this game, Pato had three assists and also scored a goal. His appearance put the spotlight on the young player and created expectations and comparisons with another Brazilian superstar, the then Real Madrid player, and ex-team-mate Ronaldo.[5]

Following this stunning debut, Pato was included in the Internacional squad that travelled to Japan in December 2006 to compete at the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup. Internacional had qualified for this tournament by winning the 2006 Copa Libertadores in August. On December 13, 2006, Pato scored Internacional’s first goal of the tournament in the 23rd minute of the semi-final against African club champions Al-Ahly, played at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. He was later substituted in the 65th minute due to cramp in his right leg. His replacement, Luiz Adriano, scored in the 72nd minute to give Internacional a 2-1 win and a place in the final against UEFA Champions League champions Barcelona.[6]

The 2006 FIFA Club World Cup Final was played at the International Stadium against FC Barcelona in Yokohama on December 17, 2006, in front of 67,128 spectators. Alexandre Pato started the game, but was substituted by Luiz Adriano in the 61st minute with the score still 0-0. Therefore Pato was not on the field when Adriano Gabiru scored in the 82nd minute, giving Internacional a shock 1-0 win and, ultimately, the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup.[7]

Milan

2007–08 season

Incumbent European champions Milan officially confirmed the signing of Pato on 2 August 2007,[8] paying €22,000,000 to transfer his contract from Internacional.[9] 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.[10] However, Milan was 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 Kiev on 7 September 2007 and scored a header. On 4 January 2008, Pato's transfer to Milan became official.[11]

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 2008. He finished the 2007–08 season with 9 goals in 20 appearances (18 in the league).

2008–09 season

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 Internazionale. 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.

2009–10 season

On 22 August 2009, in the first Serie A match of the 2009/2010 season, Pato scored a goal in each half during the 2-1 win against Siena.[12] Around two months later, on 21 October 2009, during matchday 3 of the Champions league group stage, Pato scored 2 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. He has been of a fine run of form scoring almost a goal a game since Leonardo's tactical switch to a 4-2-1-3 with Pato playing at the right.[13] On January 18 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 on February 12, Pato scored a first-half goal at San Siro versus Udinese, rounding the goalkeeper to make it 2-0. The game finished 3-2 to AC Milan. On February 21 he scored the second goal in a 2-0 away win against Bari. Three days later, he scored the winning goal at the 92nd minute at Stadio Artemio Franchi in a 2-1 victory against Fiorentina. On February 28, he scored a brace in the first half at the San Siro, helping AC Milan beat Atalanta 3-1 but coming off halfway through the second half due to a muscular problem. This muscular problem forced him to miss two crucial trips to Roma and Manchester United.

International career

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.[14] 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.[3]

Personal life

Since 2007, Pato had been engaged to Brazilian actress Sthefany Brito, two years his senior. They split up in January 2009 and it was stated that it was a mutual decision as neither of them could keep a long-distance relationship.[15] However, they got back together and on the evening of 7 July 2009, Pato and Sthefany wed in a ceremony at the Copacabana Palace, in Rio.[16]

Career statistics

Club Season Domestic
League
Domestic
Cups
Continental
Competitions1
Other
Tournaments2
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internacional
2006
1
1
-
-
-
-
2
1
3
2
2007
9
5
-
-
7
4
9
3
25
12
Total 10 6 - - 7 4 11 4 28 14
Milan
2007–08
18
9
-
-
2
0
-
-
20
9
2008–09
36
15
-
-
6
3
-
-
42
18
2009–10
20
12
-
-
5
2
-
-
25
14
Total 74 36 - - 13 5 - - 87 41
Career Total 84 42 - - 20 9 11 4 115 55

Senior club appearances and goals correct as of 12 February, 2010.

1Continental Competitions include the Copa Libertadores, Recopa Sudamericana, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup/Europa League
2Other Tournaments include the FIFA Club World Cup and Campeonato Gaúcho

International statistics

As of June 28, 2009[17][18]
National team Club Season Apps Goals
Brazil Milan 2007–2008 3 1
2008–2009 5 0
Total 8 1

Honours

Internacional

International

Individual

References

Publications

  • Celso de Campos Jr., "The Mighty Duck", FourFourTwo, Haymarket Publications, pg. 68-70, November 2007 edition.

Citations

  1. ^ "A.C. Milan FC profile". Milan. 2008-07-16. http://www.acmilan.com/LM_Actor.aspx?idSquadra=3&idStagione=15&idPersona=7466&name=Pato. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  2. ^ "Alexandre Pato biography". Alexandre Pato fansite. May 3, 2009. http://www.alexandre-pato.biz/biography.php. Retrieved May 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Alexandre Pato profile: 10 things you need to know about the Brazilian wunderkind
  4. ^ "Pato nearly lost his arm to cancer". inside World Soccer. March 31, 2009. http://www.insideworldsoccer.com/2009/03/pato-nearly-lost-his-arm-to-cancer.html. Retrieved March 31, 2009. 
  5. ^ Alexandre Pato Biography
  6. ^ 2006 FIFA Club World Cup Semi Final report
  7. ^ 2006 FIFA Club World Cup Final report
  8. ^ "Alexandre Pato to Milan!". Milan. August 2, 2007. http://www.acmilan.com/NewsDetail_popup.aspx?idNews=50366&progr=0. Retrieved August 2, 2007. 
  9. ^ http://transfermarkt.de/de/spieler/37579/pato/transferdaten.html
  10. ^ "Pato ducks in at the San Siro". UEFA. August 3, 2007. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/news/kind=1/newsid=567044.html. Retrieved August 3, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Lega: Pato contract registered". Milan. January 4, 2008. http://www.acmilan.com/NewsDetail.aspx?idNews=59280. Retrieved January 4, 2008. 
  12. ^ Siena vs. Milan - 22 August 2009 - Soccerway
  13. ^ Real Madrid vs. AC Milan - 21 October 2009 - UEFA.COM
  14. ^ "Dunga convoca 22 jogadores para Seleção Olímpica". Confederação Brasileira de Futebol. 2007-11-26. http://www2.uol.com.br/cbf/sitenoticias/_7697185720071126.html. Retrieved 2007-11-28.  (Portuguese)
  15. ^ Pato and Sthefany break up
  16. ^ Pato and Sthefany Brito’s Wedding!
  17. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2008–2009
  18. ^ Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2004-2008

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Simple English

Alexandre Pato
File:Alexandre Pato
Personal information
Full name Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva
Date of birth 2 September 1989 (1989-09-02) (age 21)
Place of birth    Pato Branco, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Milan
Number 7
Senior clubs
Years Club
2006-2007
2007-
Internacional
Milan
National team
2008-2009 Brazil

Alexandre Pato (born 2 September 1989) is a Brazilian football player. He plays for Milan and Brazil national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil South AmericaTotal
2006InternacionalSérie A11--11
200795-52147
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2007/08MilanSerie A1890020209
2008/09361500634218
2009/10
CountryBrazil 106-52158
Italy 542400836227
Total 6430001357735

International career statistics

[1]

Brazil national team
YearAppsGoals
200841
200940
Total81

References


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