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Robinho

Robson de Souza (born 25 January 1984 in São Vicente, São Paulo, Brazil), more Mononymous person Robinho, is a Brazilian Professional sports Association football Association football who currently plays as Forward_(association_football) Second_striker and Forward_(association_football) Winger for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Robinho is also a member of the Brazil national football team.

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Robson de Souza (born 25 January 1984 in São Vicente, São Paulo, Brazil), more Mononymous person Robinho, is a Brazilian Professional sports Association football Association football who currently plays as Forward_(association_football) Second_striker and Forward_(association_football) Winger for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Robinho is also a member of the Brazil national football team.

In 1999, at only 15 years of age, Robinho was personally picked by Brazil legend Pelé as Robinho heir apparent and went on to lead Santos to their first Campeonato Brasileiro Série A title since Pelé himself played for the club. Since then Robinho has won another title with Santos and two more with Spanish club Real Madrid C.F.. Robinho won the Italian Serie A title in Robinho first season at AC Milan. Robinho has won one Copa América title and two Confederations Cups with Brazil.

Club career

Santos

In 2002, at the age of eighteen, Robinho signed Robinho first professional contract with Santos FC in Brazil. Robinho made 24 appearances in Robinho debut season and scoring 1 Goal (sport) as Santos won the 2002 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. Robinho reached the final of the 2003 Copa Libertadores with Santos, but lost in the final to Club Atlético Boca Juniors. In 2004, Robinho finished with 21 goals in 37 games and led Santos to win another Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.

Robinho form had brought Robinho 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, Robinho form suffered in the 2005 season after Robinho mother, Marina da Silva Souza, was kidnapped by gunmen at her Praia Grande home on 6 November, but she was released unharmed six weeks later after a ransom was paid.

Robinho scored nine goals in twelve league games, and Robinho value continued to increase as Robinho 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 C.F signed Robinho by agreeing to pay a fee equal to 60 percent of the buyout clause in Robinho contract belonging to Santos (Euro24 million).

Real Madrid

Robinho earned the shirt number 10 for Real Madrid, previously worn by Luís Figo. Robinho ended up making 37 appearances and scored 14 goals in Robinho 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 Robinho spent much of the first few months of the season as a Substitute (association football), this even after being player of the match in the first Clasico against FC 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 and eight assists 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 Sports injury at the beginning of the second half of the season. Robinho did not recover fully enough to help Madrid against A.S. 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 de Huelva away from home. That game kept a resurgent FC 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 Robinho Madrid years, behind strikers Raul and Van Nistelrooy. Robinho 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 had promised to negotiate a new contract with Robinho at the mid point of the 2007–08 season which never materialised. However Calderon insisted talks would occur in the summer, again Calderon went back on Robinho word. Robinho himself revealved talks never began because Madrid hoped to use Robinho as part of the deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer of 2008. After the failed move for Ronaldo, Madrid finally attempted to negotiate a new contract with Robinho which Robinho rejected and led to Robinho wanting a Transfer (association football) to Chelsea F.C..

Manchester City

On 1 September 2008, the final day of the Premier League summer transfer window, Robinho completed a €42.5 million (Pound sterling32.5m) move to Manchester City F.C, with wages in the region of £160,000 per week 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.

Robinho had previously been linked with a transfer to Chelsea F.C., and Robinho had emphasised Robinho desire to play for the London club up to the eve of the transfer. On 27 August, Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said that the club were "confident" that the transaction would go through, and Madrid had also given their consent for the player to leave.
On 26 October, Robinho scored Robinho first Premier League hat-trick against Stoke City F.C., and Robinho scored Robinho first European goal for City in a 3–2 UEFA Cup 2008–09 group stage win over FC Twente on 6 November. Robinho was given the captain's armband for the match against Hull City A.F.C., due to Richard Dunne's suspension, which ended in a 2–2 draw.

On 19 April Robinho scored Robinho 13th league goal for Manchester City in the 2–1 win away at Everton F.C. on 25 April, Manchester City's first away win since 31 August 2008. The following week, Robinho scored Robinho third consecutive goal in three games, against Blackburn Rovers F.C. 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.

However, Robinho second season at City did not go anywhere nearly as well. Robinho missed 3 months of the season due to injury, and only played 12 games in total (10 in the Premier League), and scored a mere one goal (against lower league club Scunthorpe United F.C. in the FA Cup). Due to this, Robinho fell down the pecking order, and sought a move away from the club in the January transfer window.

Return to Santos

On 28 January 2010, Robinho returned to Robinho home club Santos, due to moving down the pecking order at Manchester City, joining them on a 6 month Loan (sports). Robinho had publicly stated that at Manchester City Robinho would play every other game, and because of the upcoming World Cup, Robinho wanted to play every game, and so returned to Brazil with Santos after declining a move to São Paulo FC. On Robinho return to Santos, Robinho scored a Backheel B against aforementioned admirers São Paulo with five minutes to spare to complete a 2–1 victory for the Peixe. In the final match of Robinho loan deal on 4 August, Robinho helped Santos win the Copa Brasil. Although Santos lost 2–1 to Esporte Clube Vitória, they won the tie 3–2 on aggregate to win the competition for the first time in their history. Shortly afterwards Robinho stated that Robinho wanted to remain with Santos rather than return to England. However, Manchester City refused to extend the loan deal and Santos failed to make a transfer bid.

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

A.C Milan

On 31 August 2010, Robinho moved to AC Milan from Manchester City for a fee of £15 million (€18 m), signing a four-year contract. Robinho made Robinho debut as a substitute in a 2–0 defeat to newly-promoted A.C. Cesena. Robinho started Robinho first game with AC Milan in their 1–0 win over Genoa. Robinho scored Robinho first goal in injury time against Chievo Verona to make the score 3–1 on 16 October 2010. Robinho continued Robinho goalscoring form with a goal the following week in a Serie A match against S.S.C. Napoli on 25 October 2010. Robinho then scored the first goal for AC Milan against UC Sampdoria but Giampaolo Pazzini equalised on the hour mark to end as a draw.

On 4 December 2010, Robinho scored the second goal for AC Milan against Brescia in their 3–0 win at the San Siro (stadium). 8 days later, on 12 December, Robinho again scored the second goal in a 3–0 victory for AC Milan against Bologna.
Robinho scored Robinho first goal of 2011 against AS Bari to give AC Milan a 3–0 victory. On 29 January, Robinho scored against Catania following a deflection from an Zlatan Ibrahimovic free kick to give A.C. Milan a 1–0 lead, then assisted Ibrahimovic to give AC Milan a 2–0 victory. On 12 February 2011, Robinho scored Robinho first brace for AC Milan against Parma FC to give AC Milan 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 started the new season well, taking part in Milan's win over F.C. Internazionale Milano in the Supercoppa Italiana.

International career

Robinho earned Robinho first cap for Brazil in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup match on July 13, which Brazil lost 1–0 to Mexico national football team. Although Brazil chose to send their Brazil Olympic football team, the CONCACAF Gold Cup matches are considered as full international matches by FIFA. Robinho was part of Brazil squad for 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, which Brazil went on to win.

Robinho 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, Robinho wore the number 11 shirt, the same number that Robinho 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 national football team, and a penalty in a 1–0 win over Ecuador national football team. Robinho 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.
On 28 June 2009, Robinho was a member of the Brazil team that won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. Robinho played in every game in the competition, as Brazil defeated the United States 3–2 to win the tournament. On 28 June 2010, Robinho scored against Chile national football team as Brazil won 3–0 to advance to the 2010 FIFA World Cup knockout stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Robinho scored the opener in the quarter-final match against Netherlands national football team on 2 July 2010, but Brazil eventually lost 2–1 and was eliminated.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinho

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