In 2000, when Alexandre was 10 years old, x-rays from a broken bone revealed that he had a tumor in his arm. The doctors realized that the tumor would become cancerous in two months if not removed. Alexandre's family could not afford the surgery to remove the tumor, but the doctor, Paulo Roberto Mussi, was a family friend, and operated for free. This event was particularly significant because it occurred in a very crucial year when Alexandre was working towards a professional career with Internacional.
He adopted the nickname Alexandre Pato ("Alex the Duck"), after the city where he was born.
Pato scored Internacional's second goal of the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup on December 13 in the semi-final game against Al-Ahly Cairo, helping the team win 2–1 and a spot in the final. With this goal, Pato took Pelé's record as youngest scorer in the history of official FIFA competitions (17 years and 102 days, against Pelé's 17 years and 239 in the 1958 FIFA World Cup against Wales). He was substituted in the final of the competition, before team-mate Adriano Gabiru scored the winner, ensuring the title for Internacional.
Due to Italian football regulations regarding non-EU minors, Pato was unable to play official matches for Milan until January 3, 2008, when the Italian transfer window and registration reopened. However, AC Milan was allowed to include the player in friendlies and training beginning September 3, 2007, one day after his 18th birthday. Pato made his non-competitive debut in a 2–2 draw against Dynamo Kiev on September 7, 2007 and scored a header. On January 4, 2008, Pato's transfer to Milan became official.
Pato scored his first Milan goal in his Serie A début against S.S.C. Napoli in a 5–2 home victory on January 13, 2008. He scored his first brace for Milan in a 2–0 victory over Genoa C.F.C. in San Siro on January 27, 2008.
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CHELSEA target Alexandre Pato is set to; THE SCREAMER ... IT'S THE TALK OF FOOTBALL edited by SIMON JONES.(Sport)
Jun 26, 2009; Byline: CONTRIBUTORS: COLIN WOOD, COLIN YOUNG and MATT BARLOW CHELSEA target Alexandre Pato is set to sign a new contract at AC...