Andrea Pirlo has possession, he launches a diagonal ball to Kaká, who lofts the ball toward the centre of the goal.
Alexandre Pato controls the ball with his chest. The ball drops to his right foot, he swivels onto his left, shoots and scores.
While Pato wheels away in celebration, Tomás Ujfalusi, Alessandro Gamberini, Per Krøldrup and Sébastien Frey stare at each other, pondering who to point the finger at.
It's February 3, 2008. Pato, a €24 million 18-year-old prodigy from Internacional, had just scored the winner against Cesare Prandelli's Fiorentina.
As the game ended, the goal wasn't the talking point. It was Pato writhing in pain after getting his studs caught in the turf.
AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti informed the media of the grim news (via FourFourTwo.com): "Pato has sustained a sprain in his left ankle and it is something serious."
CNN reported: "Pato injured ankle ligaments in Milan's 1-0 win at Fiorentina on Sunday and coach Carlo Ancelotti said the teenage star could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines."
Lo and behold, the teenager was up and running 12 days later in a UEFA Champions League game against Arsenal.
Coincidentally, around the same time, 20-year-old Lionel Messi—burdened with similarly high expectations—played through the pain barrier against Celtic.
The Argentine lasted 36 minutes before limping off the field in tears after tearing another thigh muscle.
Carles Puyol blamed the media for heaping pressure on Messi (via BBC Sport):
The doctors spoke and said there was a risk of injury and you (the media) put pressure on him to play, saying that he always has to play. Now we're all left to regret the decision.
Maybe the reason why Pato keeps getting injured is because he's playing games with an injury—like Messi during his early years.