Robinho

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Robinho
Robinho – A.C. Milan.jpg
Robinho playing for Milan in August 2012
Personal information
Full name Robson de Souza
Date of birth (1984-01-25) 25 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth São Vicente, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Milan
Number 7
Youth career
1996–2002 Santos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Santos 110 (47)
2005–2008 Real Madrid 101 (25)
2008–2010 Manchester City 41 (14)
2010 Santos (loan) 2 (0)
2010– Milan 107 (25)
National team
2004 Brazil U23 8 (3)
2003– Brazil 92 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Robson de Souza (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁɔpsõ] or [ˈʁɔbisõ d(ʒi) ˈsowzɐ], born 25 January 1984), more commonly known as Robinho [ʁɔˈbĩɲu], is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian Serie A club Milan. He is known for his ball control, attacking instinct and speed.[2]

In 1999, at only 15 years of age, Robinho was personally picked by Brazil legend Pelé as his heir apparent[3] and went on to lead Santos FC to their first Campeonato Brasileiro title since Pelé himself played for the club.[4] Since then, he has won a second title with Santos and two more with Spanish club Real Madrid. He won the Italian Serie A title in his first season at Milan. Robinho has won one Copa América title and two Confederations Cups with the Brazilian national team, and played at two World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Santos[edit]

Born in São Vicente, São Paulo State, Robinho signed his first professional contract with Santos FC in 2002 at the age of 18. He made 24 appearances in his debut season and scored one goal as Santos won the 2002 Campeonato Brasileiro. He reached the final of the 2003 Copa Libertadores with Santos, but lost in the final to Boca Juniors. In 2004, Robinho finished with 21 goals in 37 games and led Santos to win another Campeonato Brasileiro.

His form had brought him to the attention of many European clubs in the summer of 2004, but Robinho remained with Santos after the Brazilian club rejected all offers. His form suffered in the 2005 season, however, after his mother, Marina da Silva Souza, was kidnapped by gunmen at her Praia Grande home on 6 November; she was released unharmed six weeks later after a ransom was paid.[5]

Robinho scored nine goals in 12 league games, and his value continued to increase as his talent became more and more apparent to the powers of European football. Santos began to realize it would become increasingly difficult to hold on to their star player. In July 2005, Spanish giants Real Madrid signed Robinho by agreeing to pay a fee equal to 60 percent of the buyout clause in his contract belonging to Santos (24).[6]

Real Madrid[edit]

Robinho earned the No. 10 shirt for Real Madrid, previously worn by Luís Figo. He ended up making 37 appearances and scored 14 goals in his first season. At the start of the 2006–07 season, Robinho spent much of the first few months of the season selected as a substitute by manager Fabio Capello, even after being Man of the Match in the first Clásico against FC Barcelona that year. Only after the winter break did Robinho find himself in the starting XI and he played a crucial role as Real Madrid won their 30th league title. That title was the third league title of Robinho's career.

Capello was subsequently fired, however, and Bernd Schuster was appointed as head coach of Real Madrid. Robinho finished with 11 league goals[7] and eight assists[8] for Madrid in the 2007–08 La Liga season as well as four goals during Real Madrid's Champions League campaign. Robinho then got injured at the beginning of the second half of the season. He did not recover fully enough to help Madrid against Roma in the Champions League. The week before though, Robinho saved Real Madrid's La Liga title hopes with a two goal performance on 3 March 2008, as Madrid defeated Recreativo de Huelva away from home.[9] That game kept a resurgent Barcelona at bay and ultimately secured Real Madrid's 31st league title and Robinho's fourth.

Robinho was Real Madrid's third highest scorer during his Madrid years, behind strikers Raúl and Ruud van Nistelrooy. He was also the player with the second most assists, behind Guti, and the only Madrid player, along with goalkeeper Iker Casillas, to finish in the top ten of the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations for 2007–08.

Real Madrid President Ramón Calderón had promised to negotiate a new contract with Robinho at the midpoint of the 2007–08 season, which never materialised. Calderón, however, insisted talks would occur in the summer; again Calderón went back on his word. Robinho subsequently revealed talks never began because Madrid hoped to use him as part of the deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer of 2008.[10][11] After the failed move for Ronaldo, Madrid finally attempted to negotiate a new contract with Robinho, which he rejected and led to him wanting a transfer to Chelsea.

Manchester City[edit]

Robinho playing for Manchester City in 2009

On 1 September 2008, the final day of the Premier League summer transfer window, Robinho completed a €42,500,000 (£33,000,000) move to Manchester City, on a four-year deal. This occurred on the same day the club was bought out by the Arab investment company Abu Dhabi United Group.[12][13]

He had previously been linked with a transfer to Chelsea,[14] and he had emphasised his desire to play for the London club up to the eve of the transfer.[15] On 27 August, Chelsea Chief Executive Peter Kenyon said that the club were "confident" that the transaction would go through,[16] and Madrid had also given their consent for the player to leave.[16] Robinho's desire to move to Chelsea was such that upon signing for Manchester City he accidentally stated "On the last day, Chelsea made a great proposal and I accepted." To this a reporter replied: "You mean Manchester, right?". "Yeah, Manchester, sorry!" answered Robinho.[17]

In an interview with The Guardian, Robinho stated that Manchester City being a big club and the presence of Brazilian friends and Elano were incentives for him to join the team. He made his team debut and scored his very first Premier League goal on 13 September 2008, coincidentally in a 3–1 home defeat to Chelsea.[18] On 26 October, he scored his first Premier League hat-trick against Stoke City,[19] and he scored his first European goal for Manchester City in a 3–2 UEFA Cup group stage win over Twente on 6 November. He was given the captain's armband for the match against Hull City, due to Richard Dunne's suspension, which ended in a 2–2 draw.

On 19 April, he scored his 13th league goal for Manchester City in the 2–1 win away at Everton on 25 April, Manchester City's first away win since 31 August 2008. The following week, he scored his third consecutive goal in three games, against Blackburn Rovers, to help Manchester City to a 3–1 win. Robinho finished the season as Manchester City's top goal scorer with 14 and the fourth top scorer in the league.

His second season at Manchester City did not go as well. He missed three months of the season due to injury and only played 12 games in total (10 in the Premier League), and scored one goal (against lower league club Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup). Due to this, he fell down the pecking order and sought a move away from the club in the January transfer window.

Return to Santos (Loan)[edit]

On 28 January 2010, Robinho returned to his home club Santos due to moving down the pecking order at Manchester City, joining them on a six-month loan deal.[20] He had publicly stated that at Manchester City he would play every other game, and because of the upcoming World Cup, he wanted to play every game, and so returned to Brazil with Santos after declining a move to São Paulo FC.[21] On his return to Santos, Robinho scored a backheel against aforementioned admirers São Paulo with five minutes to spare to complete a 2–1 victory for the Peixe.[22][23] In the final match of his loan deal on 4 August, Robinho helped Santos win the Copa Brasil. Although Santos lost 2–1 to Vitória, they won the tie 3–2 on aggregate to win the competition for the first time in their history.[24] Shortly afterwards, Robinho stated that he wanted to remain with Santos rather than return to England. Manchester City, however, refused to extend the loan deal and Santos failed to make a transfer bid.[25]

Robinho returned to training with Manchester City in August 2010 but stated that he was seeking a move away from the club before the end of the summer transfer window on 31 August.[26] Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş in Turkey opened transfer negotiations with City, but Robinho rejected a move to Turkish football, declaring that he would rather move to a club in Spain or Italy.[27]

Milan[edit]

Robinho with Milan in 2012

2010–11 season[edit]

On 31 August 2010, Robinho moved to Milan from Manchester City for a fee of £15,000,000 (€18,000,000), signing a four-year contract.[28][29] He made his debut as a substitute in a 2–0 defeat to newly promoted Cesena. He started his first game with Milan in their 1–0 win over Genoa. He scored his first goal in injury time against Chievo to make the score 3–1 on 16 October 2010. He continued his goalscoring form with a goal the following week in a Serie A match against Napoli on 25 October 2010. He then scored the first goal for Milan against Sampdoria, but Giampaolo Pazzini equalised on the hour mark to end as a draw. On 4 December 2010, he scored the second goal for Milan against Brescia in their 3–0 win at the San Siro. Eight days later, on 12 December, he again scored the second goal in a 3–0 victory for Milan against Bologna. He scored his first goal of 2011 against Bari to give Milan another 3–0 victory. On 29 January, he scored against Catania following a deflection from a Zlatan Ibrahimović free kick to give Milan a 1–0 lead, then assisted Ibrahimović to give Milan a 2–0 win. On 12 February 2011, he scored his first brace for Milan against Parma to help Milan to a 4–0 win. Against Cagilari, Robinho scored a brace in the 37th week of Serie-A on 14 May 2011, leading to celebrations of the Scudetto winners after the match.

Robinho with Luca Antonini

2011–12 season[edit]

He started the 2011–12 Serie A season well, taking part in Milan's win over Internazionale in the Supercoppa Italiana. Scoring 11 goals in all competitions, Robinho helped Milan to a second place finish in the Italian Serie A.

2012–13 season[edit]

After Alexandre Pato took the number 9 jersey at Milan following the departure of club legend Filippo Inzaghi, Robinho was handed the number 7 jersey that previously belonged to Pato. Robinho started in Milan's first game of the 2012–13 Serie A against Sampdoria but was replaced by Urby Emanuelson due to an injury. Robinho made his comeback as a substitute against Cagliari, where Milan won 2–0. Four days later, Milan drew against Parma in an away match where Robinho came on as a substitute. Robinho came on as a substitute again against Internazionale, but Milan eventually lost 1–0. Robinho was then injured in training and was sidelined for the next 5 games. He made his comeback against Málaga as a substitute in the 80th minute; the game ended as a draw. He scored his first goal of the season against Juventus, which was the winner in a 1–0 victory on 25 November 2012.[30]

Robinho was close to signing with Brazilian club Santos in both January 2013 and July 2013 but the move fell through on both occasions due to the player's wage demands. On both occasions Santos managed to reach an agreement with Milan over the transfer fee.[31]

On 18 July 2013, Robinho signed a new contract with Milan on a reduced wage, keeping him with the Rossoneri until 2016.[32] His previous deal was set to expire on the 30th of June, 2014.

2013–14 season[edit]

Robinho suffered a groin strain early in the pre-season against Valencia on 27 July 2013, which disrupted his preparation for the upcoming season. Before he got injured in the match he missed a penalty, but scored a goal from open play less than a minute later. [33]

On 22 October, Robinho scored the opening goal in the UEFA Champions League match against Group H favorites Barcelona, from a pass by his compatriot Kaká. However, after Lionel Messi's equalizer, he missed an excellent opportunity to score another goal in the second half, after which the match ended in a 1-1 draw. [34]

In November, he was sidelined again, this time due to a dislocated shoulder, an injury he picked up during the match against Celtic in the Champions League. [35]

Robinho scored his only goal in Milan's Coppa Italia campaign at the San Siro in the quarter-finals against Spezia on 15 January 2014. He opened the scoring with a close-range header in a 3-1 victory against the Serie B club.[36] In February, an injury of his left thigh prevented him from playing in the first leg of the Champions League first knockout round against Atlético Madrid.[37] He made a substitute appearance during the second leg in Spain, but was unable to prevent a 5-1 aggregate defeat against the Rojiblancos.

International career[edit]

Robinho playing for Brazil against Switzerland.

Robinho earned his first cap for Brazil in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup match on 13 July, which Brazil lost 1–0 to Mexico. Although Brazil chose to send their under-23 team, the CONCACAF Gold Cup matches are considered as full international matches by FIFA. He was part of Brazil squad for 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, which Brazil went on to win. During the tournament, Robinho partnered Adriano in attack and scored in group matches against Greece and Japan.

Robinho was named in Brazil's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. During the tournament, Robinho was mainly used as a substitute, with the established forwards Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Adriano and Kaká starting in attack. However, Robinho was named in the starting line-up for Brazil's third group match; a 4–1 defeat of Japan. He made a third substitute appearance of the tournament in Brazil's 1–0 quarter-final defeat by France.

In the absence of Brazil's World Cup forwards, Robinho was a regular starter for the team at the 2007 Copa América a year later. For the tournament, he wore the No. 11 shirt, the same number that his childhood hero Romário wore. Robinho scored all four of Brazil's group stage goals via a hat-trick in Brazil's 3–0 group stage match against Chile, and a penalty in a 1–0 win over Ecuador. He then scored two goals in a 6–1 quarter-final thrashing of Chile. Brazil went on to win the tournament, beating Argentina 3–0 in the final. Robinho reaped the individual honours, finishing as the Golden Boot winner in addition to being named the best player of the tournament.

In 2009, he was a member of the Brazil team that won the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa. He played in every game in the competition, as Brazil defeated the United States 3–2 in the final to win the tournament.[38]

Robinho was named in Brazil's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he played alongside Luís Fabiano in attack. He scored in the second round match against Chile as Brazil won 3–0 to advance to the quarter-finals.[39] He then scored the opener in the quarter-final match against the Netherlands, but Brazil eventually lost 2–1 and was eliminated.

On October 31, 2013, after a hiatus of two years, Robinho came back for Seleção, this time by Scolari. He took part in two games against Honduras and Chile, on November 16 and 19, respectively. During the game against Chile, he would score his first goal since 2011 for the Brazilian national squad.[40]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2004, Robinho's mother was kidnapped at gunpoint.[41] She was released without harm in the next month.[42]

In 2009, Robinho married Vivian Guglielmetti. The couple have two sons, Robson Jr., who was born on 17 December 2007 in Santos, and Gianluca, who was born on 20 April 2011 in São Paulo.[43]

In January 2009, Robinho was arrested and bailed following a police investigation into an alleged sexual assault.[44] In April 2009, West Yorkshire Police in England announced that no further action would be taken.[45]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played on 19 April 2014.[46]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santos 2002 Série A 30 10 30 10
2003 Série A 32 9 14[a] 4 46 13
2004 Série A 37 21 8[a] 4 45 25
2005 Série A 11 7 9[a] 6 20 13
Total 110 47 0 0 0 0 31 14 0 0 141 61
Real Madrid 2005–06 La Liga 37 8 6 4 8[b] 0 51 12
2006–07 La Liga 32 6 2 1 7[b] 1 41 8
2007–08 La Liga 32 11 2 0 6[b] 4 2[c] 0 42 15
2008–09 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 1 0
Total 101 25 10 5 0 0 21 5 3 0 135 35
Manchester City 2008–09 Premier League 31 14 0 0 0 0 10[d] 1 0 0 41 15
2009–10 Premier League 10 0 1 1 1 0 12 1
Total 41 14 1 1 1 0 10 1 0 0 53 16
Santos (loan) 2010 Série A 2 0 9 6 0 0 12 5 23 11
Total 2 0 8 6 0 0 0 0 12 5 23 11
Milan 2010–11 Serie A 34 14 4 1 7[b] 0 45 15
2011–12 Serie A 28 6 3 1 8[b] 3 1[e] 0 40 10
2012–13 Serie A 23 2 1 0 3[b] 0 27 2
2013–14 Serie A 22 3 2 1 7[b] 1 31 5
Total 107 25 10 3 0 0 25 4 1 0 143 32
Career total 361 111 31 15 1 0 87 24 16 5 495 155
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in the Copa Libertadores
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Appearances in the UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the Spanish Supercup
  4. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearances in the Italian Supercup

International[edit]

Robinho playing for Brazil vs Chile match at 2010 World Cup
As of match played on 20 November 2013.[47][48][49][50][51]
National team Club Season Apps Goals
Brazil Santos 2003 5 0
2004 1 0
2005 11 4
Real Madrid 2005–06 10 1
2006–07 15 6
2007–08 13 2
Manchester City 2008–09 15 6
2009–10 2 0
Santos 2010 8 6
Milan 2010–11 9 1
2011–12 1 0
2012–13 0 0
2013–14 2 1
Total 92 27

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Santos
Real Madrid
Milan

International[edit]

Brazil

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Robinho Official football website (Portuguese)
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  7. ^ Spanish Primera División – Top Assists – 2007/2008 ESPN Soccernet
  8. ^ Spanish Primera División – Top Assists – 2007/2008 ESPN Soccernet
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  18. ^ Man City 1–3 Chelsea BBC Sport, 13 September 2008
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