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Personal information
Full name Robson de Souza
Date of birth 25 January 1984 (1984-01-25) (age 26)
Place of birth São Vicente, Brazil
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Left winger / Second striker
Club information
Current club Santos
(on loan from Manchester City)
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Santos 111 (46)
2005–2008 Real Madrid 101 (25)
2008– Manchester City 41 (14)
2010– Santos (loan) 5 (4)
National team
2004 Brazil U23 8 (3)
2003– Brazil 72 (20[2])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 May 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 August 2009

Róbson de Souza (born 25 January 1984 in São Vicente, São Paulo), commonly known as Robinho, is a Brazilian footballer, who currently plays for Brazilian Série A club Santos on loan from Manchester City, and the Brazilian national team.

Robinho was personally picked by Pelé as his heir apparent at only 15 years of age[3] and went on to lead Santos to their first Campeonato Brasileiro title since Pelé himself played for the same legendary Brazilian club.[4] Since then he has won another title with Santos, two more with Real Madrid, one Copa América title with Brazil and two Confederations Cups, also Brazil.


Club career


In 2002, at the age of seventeen, Robinho signed his first professional contract with Santos in Brazil. He made 24 appearances in his debut season and scoring 10 goals 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 and led Santos to another title.

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. However, his form suffered in the 2004-05 season after his mother, Marina da Silva Souza, was kidnapped by gunmen at her Praia Grande home on November 6, but she was released unharmed six weeks later after a ransom was paid.[5]

Robinho scored nine goals in twelve 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 million).[6]

Real Madrid

Robinho earned the shirt number 10 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 campaign, Robinho and David Beckham were considered too flashy and glamorous and rapidly fell out of favor with new footballing regime instituted by Ramon Calderon and carried out by manager Fabio Capello and he spent much of the first few months of the season on the bench, this even after being player of the match in the first Classico against Barcelona that year. Only after the winter break did Robinho and Beckham find themselves in the starting eleven and they both played crucial roles as Real Madrid won their thirtieth league title. That title was the third league title of Robinho's career.

However, Capello was subsequently fired and Bernd Schuster was appointed as head coach of Real Madrid. Robinho finished with eleven 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 UEFA Champions League campaign. Robinho then got injured at the beginning of the second half of the season. He didn't 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 clutch two goal performance on 3 March 2008, as Madrid defeated Recreativo away from home.[9] That game kept a resurgent Barcelona at bay and ultimately secured Real Madrid's thirty-first league title and Robinho's fourth.

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

Ramon Calderon's refused to renew Robinho's contract which was first promised to take place at mid-season then promised to happen at the end of the season. Calderon went back on his word twice, as moves were already underway to use Robinho as trade bait to bring in Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United. Robinho only found out about it when the initial deal with Cristiano Ronaldo fell through as a result of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's outright refusal to bargain with Real Madrid, who then backtracked and tried to finally make a concerted effort to renew Robinho's contract once their attempts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo failed.

Robinho demanded to be traded and a deal with Chelsea looked to be in the making. Chelsea didn't meet Real Madrid's asking price, which eventually led Robinho to choose Manchester City, as his new destination in the English Premier League.[citation needed]

Manchester City

Robinho playing for Manchester City

On 1 September 2008, the final day of the Premier League summer transfer window, Robinho completed a €42.5 million (£32.5m) move to Manchester City, with wages in the region of £160,000 per week.[10] This occurred on the same day the club was bought out by the Arab investment company Abu Dhabi United Group.[11][12]

He had previously been linked with a transfer to Chelsea,[13] and he had emphasised his desire to play for the London club up to the eve of the transfer.[14] On 27 August, Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said that the club were "confident" that the transaction would go through,[15] and Madrid had also given their consent for the player to leave.[15]

In an interview with The Guardian, Robinho stated that City being a big club and the presence of 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, in a 3–1 home defeat to Chelsea.[16] On 26 October, he scored his first Premier League hat-trick against Stoke City,[17] and he scored his first European goal for 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 City's top goal scorer with 14 and the 4th top scorer in the league.

Return to Santos on loan

On 28 January 2010, Robinho returned to his home club Santos in a 6-month loan deal.[18] He had publicly stated that at Manchester City he would play every other game, and because this was a World Cup Year, he wanted to play every game, and so returned to Brazil with Santos after declining a move to São Paulo.[19] On his return to Santos, Robinho scored a backheel against aforementioned admirers São Paulo with 5 minutes to spare to complete a 2-1 victory for the Peixe.[20][21]

International career

Robinho playing against Switzerland.

Robinho earned his first cap for Brazil in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup match on July 13, 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.

He played in four of Brazil's five matches as a reserve, but finished the tournament goalless. However, Robinho was in top form in the Copa América 2007 a year later. For the tournament, he wore the number 11 jersey, 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. His last two goals came in a 6–1 quarter-final thrashing of Chile. Robinho reaped the individual honors, finishing as the Golden Boot winner in addition to being named the best player of the tournament. Robinho has one cap as captain and that was a friendly against Algeria on 22 August 2007, due to the absence of regular captains, Lúcio and Gilberto Silva, while Kaká and Ronaldinho were on the bench.

On 28 June 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, including the final against the United States, which Brazil came back from two goals deficit to eventually win the game 3–2.[22]

Career statistics

As of 10 December 2009
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2002 Santos[23][24] Série A 30 10 30 10
2003 32 9 14 4 46 13
2004 37 21 8 4 45 25
2005 12 6 9 6 21 12
Total Brazil 111 46 31 14 142 60
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2005–06 Real Madrid[23] La Liga 37 8 6 4 8 0 51 12
2006–07 32 6 2 1 7 1 41 8
2007–08 32 11 2 0 6 4 40 15
Total Spain 101 25 10 5 21 5 132 35
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Manchester City Premier League 31 14 0 0 0 0 10 1 41 15
2009-10 10 0 1 1 1 0 6 1
Total England 41 14 1 1 1 0 10 1 47 16
Career Total 247 85 10 5 1 0 62 20 319 115

International statistics

As of 13 August 2009[25][26][27][28][29]
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 7
2007–08 13 2
Manchester City 2008–09 15 6
2009–10 1 0
Total 71 20

Personal life

In 2009, Robinho married Vivian Guglielmetti. [30]






  1. ^ "Manchester City FC profile". Manchester City FC. 16 July 2008.{439A001B-9F18-408E-BD8E-8466AB3C97FD}&bioid=93413&siteid=502. Retrieved 16 July 2008. 
  2. ^ Brazil - Record International Players
  3. ^ Robinho Offical football website(Portuguese)
  4. ^ Pelé pede validação de títulos nacionais do Santos nos anos 60 UOL Esporte (Portuguese)
  5. ^ Footballer's plea for kidnapped mother The Guardian
  6. ^ "Real add Robinho to their galaxy". Times of India.,prtpage-1.cms. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  7. ^ Spanish Primera División - Top Assists - 2007/2008 ESPN Soccernet
  8. ^ Spanish Primera División - Top Assists - 2007/2008 ESPN Soccernet
  9. ^ La Liga Week 26: Robinho saves Real Madrid, Agüero destroys Barcelona Soccerlens - The best in football
  10. ^ (1 September 2008). "Real Madrid and Manchester City agree to terms on Robinho transfer with wages in the region of £160,000 a week.". Press release. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  11. ^ "Arab group agrees Man City deal". BBC Sport. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  12. ^ (2 September 2008). "Robinho joins City". Press release.{DBD12D53-8346-431D-A04F-5D0F8664DE80}&newsid=6617331. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  13. ^ "Man City beat Chelsea to Robinho". BBC Sport. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  14. ^ BBC Sport (31 August 2008). "Robinho intent on joining Chelsea". Press release. Retrieved 2 September 2008. 
  15. ^ a b "Chelsea set to seal Robinho deal". BBC Sport. 27 August 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  16. ^ Man City 1-3 Chelsea BBC Sport, 13 September 2008
  17. ^ Daily Mail
  18. ^ Manchester City's Robinho to join Santos on loan
  19. ^ Robinho wants to go home to Santos after dismal time at Manchester City
  20. ^ Robinho scores on Santos return
  21. ^ Robinho's second coming: Manchester City flop nets winning goal in dream Santos return
  22. ^ "US 2–3 Brazil". BBC Sport. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  23. ^ a b About Robinho Career statistics
  24. ^ Todos os Numeros: Robinho (Robson de Souza)
  25. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2004-2005
  26. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2006-2007
  27. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 2008-2009
  28. ^ Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2000-2003
  29. ^ Seleção Brasileira Restritiva (Brazilian National Restrictive Team) 2004-2008
  30. ^ "Robinho Wedding Photos with girlfriend Vivian Guglielmetti". ListOwn. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 

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Personal information
Full name Robson de Souza
Date of birth 25 January 1984 (1984-01-25) (age 27)
Place of birth    São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Santos
Number 7
Senior clubs
Years Club
Real Madrid
Manchester City
Santos (loan)
National team
2003- Brazil

Robinho (born 25 January 1984) is a Brazilian football player. He plays for Santos and Brazil national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil League Cup South AmericaTotal
2002SantosSérie A247---247
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2005/06Real MadridLa Liga37864-805112
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2008/09Manchester CityPremier League301400001014015
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil League Cup South AmericaTotal
2010SantosSérie A
CountryBrazil 10444--311413558
Spain 10125105-20513135
England 401411101015216
Total 24583116106120318109

International career statistics


Brazil national team


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