‘Pato can become Brazil`s new Ronaldo’

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2011, 23:21 PM IST

Brazil: Brazil coach Mano Menezes has confidence AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has what it takes to become the new Ronaldo.

Pato, 21, is in the Brazil squad for the Copa America and his coach expects him to thrive like the former legendary striker who won two World Cups.

"The fans always expect to see someone who will replace their previous idols and now they want Pato to be a Ronaldo or Romario," Menezes was quoted as saying by a leading daily.

"I ask for calm because I feel Pato has the right characteristics to occupy that [Ronaldo`s] place.

"People are always talking about Neymar, but Pato has the quality to become the player we all want him to be."

Brazil`s Copa America campaign kicks off on July 3 against Venezuela.