Remember when Alexandre Pato was supposed to the future saviour of Brazilian football?
Pato, still just 25-years-old, returned to the top of the football headlines on Wednesday night when the former AC Milan striker scored a hat-trick in domestic action.
Now on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians, Pato was involved in the Campeonato Paulista match against Capivariano on Wednesday night.
Sao Paulo won the match 4-2, and Pato stole the headlines with three goals.
Pato’s first two goals, both scored in the first half, were simply finishes from inside the 6-yard box, while the striker’s third was a fine solo effort revealing the confidence of the forward on the night.
After each goal, the Brazilian TV cameras panned to Pato’s girlfriend Fiorella Mattheis in the crowd as she celebrated her man’s success (see the picture below).
Watch Alexandre Pato’s hat-trick for Sao Paulo v Capivariano above.