Call it luck, call it fate, but it is unbelievable how Pato manages to score in every single one of his debuts.
First game for Internacional, back when he was 17-years-old? Goal.
First game for AC Milan, when the whole world was still waiting to see what this young Brazilian striker was all about? Goal.
First game for the Brazilian national team? Yes, you guessed it. Goal.
Naturally, it doesn’t mean much. It’s fun for the media, who get to hype him up, and it’s even more fun for the fans, who will have sweet dreams just imagining what he can do in 90 minutes.
However, both fans and the media will have to remember that Pato wasn’t exactly brilliant at AC Milan and has struggled with the Seleção in the past.
In reality, all it shows is that Pato is a goalscorer and a really good finisher, which we already knew. He was given much more space than a forward of his caliber should be able to get (notice how the defender obviously missed his assignment on that play), took a hard shot with his right leg, and finally completed the goal with a precise, one-touch, left-footed strike.
The goal was exactly what any coach would want to see from a striker: The opportunity presented itself, and he put it in the back of the net.