Robinho has named a Premier League defender as his toughest ever opponent

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Robinho never lived up to the hype he generated when he entered the Premier League.

The Brazilian had been a first team regular at Real Madrid throughout his time in Spain, so when he signed for Manchester City in 2008, big things were expected of him.

And he did not have a bad first season, as he scored 15 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for The Citizens.

However, it all went wrong the following season.

The Brazilian was injured for the first three months of the 2009/2010 season due to injury, and after Mark Hughes was replaced by Roberto Mancini, he fell completely out of favour.

He played only 12 times that season, only scoring once, before being shipped out on loan to Santos for the remainder of the year.

Robinho's time in the Premier League was up when he completed a move to Milan the following summer.


Robinho, now 33-years-old, only spent one and a half seasons in England's top flight, but he has still named a Premier League player as his toughest opponent.

Despite admitting that he thought it was hardest to score goals in Italy, the Brazilian named Rio Ferdinand as his toughest opponent because, citing his class as the reason.

Robinho told the Daily Mail: "Italy was the hardest league to score goals in. Those guys just love defending."But Rio Ferdinand is the hardest opponent I have faced - strong and quick. He didn't kick you. He was so classy.

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"I could do all my step-overs but he would watch the ball and tackle so immaculately. He only got the ball."


And Robinho also added that he intended to 'leave a real legacy at Man City', but felt he had to leave to make Brazil's World Cup squad.

He continued: "Roberto Mancini did not make the most of me.

"I needed to go to the World Cup. I had to play and that's why I went back to Brazil.

"Mancini gave me too many defensive responsibilities and restricted me. I like to feel free.

"The truth is I wanted to be there for a long time and leave a real legacy. I knew the club was going places."

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