Robinho waves goodbye to Manchester City and returns to Santos

January 28, 2010 at 13:34 9 comments

Robinho back where it all began

Robinho has signed a contract with Santos that will keep him at the Vila Belmiro until 4th August this year.

The 26-year-old will take a massive pay cut but is expected to earn around £330,000 per month back in Brazil.

Robinho made his debut for Santos in 2002 before moving to Real Madrid for US$50 million in 2005. In 2008, he joined Manchester City.

The dribble king is undoubtedly one of the most gifted players in the world. But the Brazil international is also one of the biggest whingers in the game. In his eight-year career, Robinho has managed to leave every club he has played for in disagreeable circumstances. His departure from Santos came about after he refused to turn out for his boyhood club. He left Real Madrid claiming that he had been mistreated by the Spanish side. His exit from City in similar circumstances was always just a matter of time.

Robinho’s latest excuse for this transfer is his fear of not making Brazil’s squad for the World Cup finals in South Africa. This fear has been exacerbated by the possible recall of AC Milan’s Ronaldinho Gaúcho, who is returning to something like his old form.

Robinho’s argument is that going back to Brazil will help him get back to his best and thereby keep him firmly in Brazil coach Dunga’s plans.

Robinho, though, should be aware that returning home doesn’t always work out. Take Vágner Love for example. Getting back into the national side was also his reason for a move to Palmeiras last season. Love’s transfer, though, turned out to be a huge mistake – and barring injuries to forward’s such as Luís Fabiano and Adriano, the player has no chance of making the Brazil squad (even though he has got off to a bright start at Flamengo).

The game in Brazil has become much more defensive since Robinho left the country five years ago and the forward may not find it quite as easy as he imagines. But the prospect of seeing Robinho lining up alongside the likes of Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso is a tantalising one – although it’s also going to be interesting to see how Robinho performs on some of the poor pitches that he’ll encounter in the Paulista, Copa do Brasil and Brasileiro.

The player’s loan at Santos is officially set to end in August. Whether he then returns to City, stays at Santos or moves on to another club will depend on how he performs in the World Cup (assuming he makes the squad). But wherever Robinho finishes up, the odds are that the move will end in tears.


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sam  |  January 28, 2010 at 14:16

    jon, speaking of santos, neymar certainly looks the real deal to me after seeing the highlights of last nights paulista match against barueri. any thoughts?

    • 2. pitacodogringo  |  January 29, 2010 at 08:30

      could be his year – though the match was against Barueri who sold all their best players last year and will struggle in this Paulista. the other player who looked something special was Vasco’s Philippe Coutinho in the match against Macaé (another weak side in the Carioca). Coutinho, though, has already signed a pre-contract with Inter Milan

  • 3. jzlim11  |  January 28, 2010 at 22:54

    Robinho what a crybaby!!!!

  • 4. Daniel  |  January 29, 2010 at 07:51

    Needed this move, got to start showing what hes capable of for the wolrd cup. Would have been nice to see the man show a bit more fight at Man city though for 32 million didnt look interested.
    Im a big fan and I think hes a matchwinner just hes attitude needs to change.

  • 5. BigL  |  January 30, 2010 at 08:48

    Man City seem strangely optimistic that he will return. I very much doubt it, I think he will stay at Santos

  • 6. rob  |  January 31, 2010 at 06:21

    how will he stay at santos? they can’t afford his transfer fee or wages. he will either return to man city after the world cup or another club in one of the top european leagues will come in for him in the summer.

    • 7. pitacodogringo  |  January 31, 2010 at 10:34

      his wages are being paid by a number of sponsors. i still like to know what City are getting out of this. can’t imagine they let him go for free – perhaps they were desperate to offload him?

  • 8. Daniel Powell  |  January 31, 2010 at 15:09

    Jon, disappointed you haven’t done a story on west ham signing Ilan from St Etienne!! Surely this eclipses the Robinho story LOL.
    All seriousness you have any information on him? Never seen him play and he has had 3 caps for Brasil.

  • 9. pitacodogringo  |  January 31, 2010 at 23:45

    yes, you’re right. it was the big story! haha
    i just about remember him when he was at Atlético Paranaense. he was rated but not a big star. he’s been in France for a number of years now. so, at least he’s not one of those players who just want to make a bit of money in europe before running back home


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