At the age of 15, Robinho was personally picked out and praised by Pele as the 1970 FIFA World Cup winner was confident that Robinho had what it takes to be his own successor but after a string of underwhelming seasons with various European clubs, Robinho could never truly live up to the expectations.
After making his way through Europe and not making any truly memorable performances, Robinho eventually returned to Brazil and he recently talked about his time in different top class clubs as well as what it’s like to being hailed as the next Pele.
During a recent interview, when Robinho was asked about being hyped as the next great footballer, he replied by saying:
Jo has disclosed that when he and his compatriot Robinho first went to play in the English top tier and came across the opponent players, they were confused that if they were indeed footballers or players of some other sports because they were all strapping lads.
Generally, in Brazil, soccer is associated with skill-set and artistry and not so much with physicality and that’s why, the footballers in that part of the world are not necessarily muscularly built, but, soccer in UK or in most parts of Europe for that matter is about physicality.
Sharing a conversation that happened between him and Robinho just minutes before they stepped on to the pitch to take on Portsmouth in a Premiership game of the 2008-09 Season, Jo said that as the sides entered the tunnel and Robinho got to see the players he was going to be up against, he was completely stunned by the way they were built and he quietly murmured in his ears that which sport they were supposed to play, was it soccer or rugby.
Robinho is one of those players who had huge expectations of becoming a world-class footballer as he received recognition from Pele himself but after everything was said and done, the Brazilian player failed to live up to the initial hype.
On 2008, Manchester City suffered a transition in ownership as Sheikh Mansour became the new owner of the English Premier League club after offloading £210 million and his 1st
major signing was Robinho who was lured in from Real Madrid for a transfer fee of £32.5 million.
However, the Brazilian player has recently stated that he was expecting to join Chelsea and that a deal was on the verge of being completed but the transfer eventually fell off and was never truly completed.
‘’My goal was to move to Chelsea and Big Phil Scolari said I could make the difference for him as his squad, according to him, was not creative enough but Real Madrid had fallen out with Chelsea they didn’t like them selling shirts with my name on before the deal had been done.
Robinho said that he is happy to have played for Brazil in the charity match against Colombia.
The game was organized to raise fund for the Chapecoense air crash. This was the first time since one year that Robinho was called back in the Brazil national team.
Robinho said that it was an honor for him to be part of such a game and that his thoughts were with the victims of the Chapecoense air crash throughout the match. He said that it was a pleasure for him to be part of the Brazilian national team again and that he will never forget the feeling associated with it.
The Brazil national coach said that the results of the game were not important for him as he was more concerned about the charity aspect of the game. However, he admitted that he used the game to try some new things on the pitch and also evaluate some players that might form part of the team in the future.
Former Manchester City and AC Milan striker signed for Atletico Mineiro in February 2016.
The 32-year old had previously been linked with a return to Brazil since his short-term contract with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande expired in February 2016.
Atletico Mineiro immediately made it publicly known that they intended to sign the Brazil international as they planned to strengthen their squad for the Copa Libertadores campaign. They faced stiff competition to sign the player with his former club, Santos also trying to lure him back for a fourth spell with the club.
Robinho was given a week by Galo to decide on whether to accept or reject the contract. He reportedly turned down an offer of R$ 600,000 per month to rejoin his former club Santos. He chose to accept the R$ 800,000 per month offered to him by Atletico Mineiro instead.
Part of Robinho’s salary has been paid by Dryworld, a Canadian brand who sponsors the club and supply sports equipment.
Club President Daniel Nepomuceno, quickly took to twitter to announce the deal confirming that Robinho had joined the club on a two – year deal.
The former Brazil international,Robinho was reportedly offered to the English Premier League Champions Leicester City in the final days of the transfer window in January, but the football club was not encouraged due to the forward’s high wage demand.
He became a free agent after having his contract with Chinese champions, Guangzhou Evergrande finished. The 32-year old forward is said to be keen on a return to the Premier League where he left in 2010. The Daily Mail reported that both the Swansea City and Leicester City were contacted if a deal could be sealed on the striker.
Swansea City who were struggling not to be relegated last season were unlikely to significantly increase their wage bill in case they ended up in the Championship while The Foxes, while riding high in the table with narrow winnings, were not ready to tamper with their wage structure as manager Claudio Ranieri remains grounded amid the possibility of getting the English Premier League which they ultimately did even before the last match of the league.
The Fox, rather, went for Daniel Amartey and Demarai Gray from FC Copenhagen and Birmingham respectively in a combined £8m outlay, with ZoumanaBakayogo, AlieSesay and Harry Panayiotou, NgoloKante, Andrej Kramaric and Tom Lawrence all offloaded to different clubs.
Arsenal have been drawn in group A of the UEFA Champions League group games this week, and the draw seems to be a favourable one for the troubled Premier League side.
They take on French champions Paris St. Germain, Swiss’s outfit Basel and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.
In group B, Benfica will trade tackles with runners-up in Italy Napoli, Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine and Turkish giant Besiktas. In Group C, La Liga champions Barcelona will meet Manchester City, Scottish side Celtic and Monchengladbach. In Group D, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV and Rostov will square up against each other. In Group E, CSKA Moskva, Leverkusen, Spurs and Monaco will do battle. In Group F, defending champions Real Madrid will take on German side Dortmund, Sporting CP and Legia. In Group G, English Champions Leicester City will face Porto, Club Brugge, and Kobenhavn. Group H contains Serie A champions Juventus, Europa League champions Sevilla, Lyon and Dynamo Zagbreb.
Coach Arsene Wenger will be leading his squad to the continental tournament for an incredible 19th time in a row. Unfortunately, Arsenal have been knocked out in the round of 16 for six years. Some of their surprising losses in recent years include their 4-0 loss to AC Milan in 2012, after a 3-0 win at the Emirates.
If you see the Sofascore team figures Robinho is being rated as the best player of the week who in the sixth round maintains the best rating on this performance card.
In the Brasilero Serie A Robinho has showcased the best performance in the sixth round. The team might have won only a single point due to the draw game they played against Sport Recife. However, Robinho has been part of the four goals that Atletico scored and he also won two penalties that were for his team along with two assists.
That led to overall performance that was considerable by the striker of 32 years of age. As a result, he was awarded the highest score till date, a perfect ten which reflected, and performance that was great on an overall level. Sofascore rating has been done considering all parameters.
Robinho, who started his career with Santos, visited his former team after their game against Atletico Mineiro.
Robinho was rested for this game by Atletico’s coach as he feels that the forward player needed a breather.
Robinho, who enjoyed a cult status at Santos, spent around 15 minutes in the lockers as he greeted and talked with everyone. The match ended with a defeat for Santos at the hands of Robinho’s current club, and the latter was keen to encourage his former teammates.
Robinho met with his close friend Gabriel Barbosa, who currently play for Santos. They both were quite close before Robinho left the club for Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. Barbosa joked that they wanted him to play on their side if they wanted to have a chance to beat Atletico Mineiro. He added that he was really pleased to see Robinho and that even if they play for different clubs, they have a strong friendship.
Robinho came back to Santos after leaving Milan in 2014 and stayed for one year. He managed to make 41 appearances for them and scored 17 goals during the process. In 2015, he will sign a short-term deal with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande where he will manage to make 11 appearances for them and scored 3 goals.
Ex-Real Madrid sensation, Robson de Souza popularly called Robinho could not inspire his team, Atletico Moneiro, as they lost to fellow Copa Libertadores squad, Independiente del Valle.
The talented Brazilian veteran played as a left winger in the match, as he usually switched between left winger and supporting striker position for the Brazilian outfit. The forward who has not scored any goal his season for his club side was warned with a yellow card in the match before being substituted after the break in the 66th minute.
Of five matches, Atletico Moneiro have played this season, Robinho has only played in three; he was not in the squad in the other two matches in the Copa Libertadores but he played in the FIFA Club World Cup late last year. In the tournament, of three games, the very talented player, played a match, sat through the one against UEFA Champions, Barcelona but wasn’t in the squad in the final game against Sanfrecce where they lost 2-1.
Last month, Barcelona star, Neymar Jr. told Goal that his greatest football idol remained Brazil World Cup winner Robinho.
“I started playing football in a school back in Sao Vincente when I was five years old, going towards six. Those were my first steps, among those kids, and then I kept going.” The striker started.
“But when I started following Santos, Robinho was my favorite player. He is my greatest idol. Today, I have a lot of them, after learning more about football, but back then I was a huge fan of Robinho’s,” Neymar added.