Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva
(born 2 September 1989), commonly known as Alexandre Pato
or simply Pato
, is a Brazilian
who plays as a striker
for Italian Serie A
and the Brazilian national team
. His nickname, Pato
, refers to his place of birth, Pato Branco
. The literal translation of Pato from Portugese to English is 'The Duck' which has evolved into a common nickname for him.
===Internacional===<!-- that's the name of the team, do NOT change to "international" -->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. Ready to join the Inter first team in November that same year, his debut finally happened at the Estádio Palestra Itália
against São Paulo
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.
Pato was included in the Internacional squad that won the 2006 FIFA Club World......