Personal information
Full name Robson de Souza
Date of birth 25 January 1984 (1984-01-25) (age 27)
Place of birth São Vicente, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Second striker / Winger
Club information
Current club Milan
Number 70
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Santos 111 (46)
2005–2008 Real Madrid 101 (25)
2008–2010 Manchester City 41 (14)
2010 Santos (loan) 2 (0)
2010– Milan 40 (16)
National team
2004 Brazil U23 8 (3)
2002– Brazil 90 (26)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 November 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2011

Robson de Souza (born 25 January 1984 in São Vicente, São Paulo State, Brazil), more commonly known as Robinho, is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays as second striker and winger for Serie A club AC Milan. He is also a member of the Brazilian national team.

In 1999, at only 15 years of age, Robinho was personally picked by Brazil legend Pelé as his heir apparent[2] and went on to lead Santos to their first Campeonato Brasileiro title since Pelé himself played for the club.[3] Since then he has won another title with Santos and two more with Spanish club Real Madrid. He won the Italian Serie A title in his first season at AC Milan. Robinho has won one Copa América title and two Confederations Cups with Brazil.


Club career


In 2002, at the age of eighteen, Robinho signed his first professional contract with Santos in Brazil. He made 24 appearances in his debut season and scoring 1 goal 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 in 37 games and led Santos to win another Campeonato Brasileiro.

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 2005 season after his 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.[4]

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 C.F. signed Robinho by agreeing to pay a fee equal to 60 percent of the buyout clause in his contract belonging to Santos (€24 million).[5]

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 Clasico 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[6] and eight assists[7] 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 did not 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.[8] 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 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 his word. Robinho himself revealved talks never began because Madrid hoped to use him as part of the deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer of 2008.[9][10] After the failed move for Ronaldo, Madrid finally attempted to negotiate a new contract with Robinho which he rejected and led to him wanting a transfer to Chelsea.

Manchester City

Robinho playing for Manchester City in 2009

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 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.[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.

However, his second season at City did not go anywhere nearly as well. He 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 in the FA Cup). Due to this, he fell down the pecking order, and sought a move away from the club in January.

Return to Santos

On 28 January 2010, Robinho returned to his home club Santos, due to moving down the pecking order at Manchester City, joining them on a 6 month loan deal.[18] He had publicly stated that at Manchester City he would play every other game, and because of the upcoming World Cup, 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 five minutes to spare to complete a 2–1 victory for the Peixe.[20][21] In the final match of his loan deal on 4 August, Robinho helped Santos win the Copa Brasil. Although Santos lost 2–1 to Vitória, they won the tie 3–2 on aggregate to win the competition for the first time in their history.[22] Shortly afterwards Robinho stated that he 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.[23]

Robinho returned to training with Manchester City in August 2010 but stated that he was seeking a move away from the club before the end of the summer transfer window on 31 August.[24] Fenerbahçe and Besiktas opened transfer negotiations with City, but Robinho rejected a move to Turkish football, declaring that he would rather move to a club in Spain or Italy.[25]

AC 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.[26][27] He made his debut as a substitute in a 2–0 defeat to newly-promoted Cesena. He started his first game with AC Milan in their 1–0 win over Genoa. He scored his first goal in injury time against Chievo to make the score 3–1 on 16 October 2010. He continued his goalscoring form with a goal the following week in a Serie A match against Napoli on 25 October 2010. He then scored the first goal for AC Milan against Sampdoria but Giampaolo Pazzini equalised on the hour mark to end as a draw.

On 4 December 2010, he scored the second goal for AC Milan against Brescia in their 3–0 win at the San Siro. 8 days later, on 12 December, he again scored the second goal in a 3–0 victory for AC Milan against Bologna. He scored his first goal of 2011 against Bari to give AC Milan a 3–0 victory. On 29 January, he scored against Catania following a deflection from an Ibrahimovic free kick to give AC Milan a 1–0 lead, then assisted Ibrahimovic to give AC Milan a 2–0 victory. On 12 February 2011, he scored his first brace for AC Milan against Parma 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.

He started the new season well, taking part in AC Milan's win over Inter in the Supercoppa Italiana.

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 shirt, 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. 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, as Brazil defeated the United States 3–2 to win the tournament.[28] On 28 June 2010, he scored against Chile as Brazil won 3–0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[29] He scored the opener in the quarter-final match against Netherlands on 2 July 2010, but Brazil eventually lost 2–1 and was eliminated.

Career statistics

As of 19 November 2011

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santos 2002 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 111 46 31 14 142 60
Real Madrid 2005–06 37 8 6 4 8 0 51 12
2006–07 32 6 4 1 7 1 43 19
2007–08 32 11 2 0 6 4 2 0 42 15
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 101 25 12 5 21 5 3 0 137 35
Manchester City 2008–09 31 14 0 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 41 15
2009–10 10 0 1 1 1 0 12 1
Total 41 14 1 1 1 0 10 1 53 16
Santos (loan) 2010 2 0 8 6 0 0 12 5 22 11
Total 2 0 8 6 0 0 12 5 22 11
AC Milan 2010–11 34 14 4 1 7 0 45 15
2011–12 6 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 9 2
Total 40 16 4 1 9 0 1 0 54 17
Career total 295 101 25 13 1 0 71 20 16 5 408 139
1Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and Copa Libertadores.
2Includes the Supercopa de España, Supercoppa Italiana and São Paulo State Tournament 2010.

International statistics

As of 2 July 2010[30][31][32][33][34]
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 6
2007–08 13 2
Manchester City 2008–09 15 6
2009–10 2 0
Santos 2010 8 6
AC Milan 2010–11 3 0
Total 83 25

Personal life

In November 2004 Robinho's mother was kidnapped at gunpoint.[35] She was released without harm in the next month.[36]

In 2009, Robinho married Vivian Guglielmetti. The couple have two sons, Robson Jr., who was born on December 17, 2007 in Santos, and Gianluca, who was born on April 20, 2011 in São Paulo.[37]

In January 2009, Robinho was arrested and bailed following an allegation of serious sexual assault. In April, West Yorkshire police announced that no further action would be taken.[38]



Brazil Santos
Spain Real Madrid
Italy AC Milan





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