Robinho falls to the ground after lighter hits his shoulder

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Robinho is back in his native Brazil following a brief spell with Guangzhou Evergrande in China and was involved in the Copa Libertadores match between his current club Atletico Mineiro and Racing Club on Wednesday.

The Brazilian, now 32, hit the headlines after a lighter struck his shoulder while he was attempting to take a corner in the early stages of the second half.

Robinho clutched his shoulder and fell the ground like he’d been shot. (Scroll down this page to watch the video - provided by Goal).


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The referee ignored Robinho’s theatrics and play was allowed to continue at the Estadio Presidente Juan Domingo Perón.

Robinho soon recovered and played up until the 82nd minute, when he was subbed off for Juan Casares. The match ended 0-0 and Robinho will be relieved that the second leg of the knockout stage game takes place at Atletico Mineiro’s home ground next week.

Video: Robinho gets his by lighter

Robinho's career to date

Robinho was once considered world football’s most exciting young talent when he burst onto the scene with Santos in the early 2000s.

However, he failed to fulfil his immense talent following his big move to Real Madrid in 2005.

That’s not to say the skillful Brazilian was a total failure in Europe; he still enjoyed plenty of great moments, earning several major trophies along the way.

Following his three-year spell at the Bernabeu, Robinho went on to play for Manchester City and AC Milan, with loan moves back to Santos sandwiched in between.

Robinho will be aiming to catch Dunga's eye

With both the Copa America and the Olympics on the horizon, Robinho will be hoping to do enough in the Copa America to catch the eye of Brazil’s head coach Dunga.

He needs one more appearance to make it 100 for the Seleção.

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