Once known for his ability of ball control, attacking flair and rapid speed, Robinho failed to make it to the squad for FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

When Robinho started his career with Santos FC at the tender of age 18, great things were expected of the forward as he was personally picked by the Brazilian legend Pele as his heir.

At Santos he fulfilled his potential by leading them to two titles, scoring 21 goals in 37 games in 2004. 

His form brought him a host of admirers from Europe and in 2005 Real Madrid prized the Santos star with a fee believed to be in the region of €24 Million.

At Real Madrid Robinho earned the No. 10 shirt, which was previously held by Luis Figo of Portugal. 

He helped Real Madrid secure a 30th league title in 2007 by scoring 14 goals in 37 appearances after making very few appearances in his debut season. 

The Brazilian had an outstanding 2007-08 season with Madrid with 11 goals and eight assists in La Liga and four goals in Champions League. 

His role was restricted during the second part of the season due to injury, but played a key part in Madrid's 31st League title where he saved his side's hopes by scoring a brace against Recreativo de Huelva in an away game, keeping their arch rivals Barcelona at bay.

With such charismatic performance and hard work Robinho earned Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations in 2007-08 and Iker Casillas was the only Real Madrid player to be nominated along with him.

On transfer deadline day he moved to Manchester City for a British record transfer fee of £32.5 million on a four-year deal.

The forward had a miserable time at Manchester City featuring in only 12 games in his second season as he missed three months due to injury and managed to score just one goal in the FA Cup against lower league club Scunthorpe United.

These performances ensured that he was down the pecking order under newly appointed Manager Roberto Mancini. To seek first team football and a place in 2010 World Cup squad, the forward decided to move on loan to the Brazilian club Santos where he started his career. 

On return, he helped the club to win the Copa Do Brasil for the first time in their history. This loan spell also earned him a spot in national squad for the World Cup in which Brazil were eliminated by the superior Dutch side in the quarter-finals. 

In August 2010, he completed his loan spell and started training with City again, but another loan spell was in the offing and Robinho signed for AC Milan.

Since moving to Milan, his form has never reached the same heights and has managed to score only 27 goals in as many as 112 games. The Italian club are looking to lower the wage packages due to financial constraints and are willing to offload the player. 

Santos have shown an interest in signing the player but are held back by the player's evaluation of £8.5million according to President Luis Ribeiro who is quoted as saying: "A player who is 29 years old and out of the loop of the national team is not worth that kind of money."


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