Pato nearly lost his arm to cancer

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Brazil and AC Milan starlet Alexandre Pato has revealed that he had cancer at a young age that nearly led to the amputation of his arm.

At the age of just 19, Pato has already proven his potential for the future, and that he has all the credentials at this stage to become one of the games' greatest players.

However, the striker admits his life may not have been as it is today had it not been for the doctors who identified him to have cancer at a young age.

He said in the program Esporte Espetacular: "At the age of 11, before joining Internacional, I had broken my left arm twice in the same place, and required some examinations to determine the extent of the injury.

"The investigations however had identified a tumour in the arm, and immediately it was feared that I would need to have my arm amputated.

"Thankfully I managed to have surgery to have it removed, and it was a success."

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