Ex-Man City forward Jo recalls amazing Robinho reaction to playing Portsmouth

Rugby at Portsmouth

Corinthians forward Jo has been telling ESPN Brasil about his time at Manchester City with a series of brilliant anecdotes. One particularly funny one involves compatriot Robinho in one of his first forays in England.

Getting a few facts wrong, Jo recalled: “In Robinho’s debut against Portsmouth in 2008 I scored my first goal with Manchester City’s shirt, but this game had a really funny story before.

“We were positioned in the tunnel and their defence was Sylvain Distin and Sol Campbell, one of the midfielders was Bouba Diop, and there was Peter Crouch in the attack. It was almost a team only of giants.

“Then Robinho looked at the guys and said to me, ‘F***, Jô, are we going to play rugby? Look at the size of the guys’ (laughs). I just replied: ‘Yes, Robinho, welcome to the English League.”

Brazilian flops

That’s a brilliant anecdote but that wasn’t Robinho’s City debut. His City debut came in a 3-1 defeat at home to Chelsea. He scored City’s only goal from a terrific free-kick. He would only score 15 more goals for City.

It’s not the amount City would have hoped for from their then-record signing but it was still 10 more than Jo. Remembered as one of the Premier League’s biggest flops, he only scored one Premier League goal for City.

Recalling the toughest defenders he faced in England, Jo named a famous Man United pair.

“Rio Ferdinand was fantastic in the positioning, and also had a lot of strength. Vidic also had an unusual desire, we usually ended the game with a bruised shin. It was always difficult to face guys like that.”

Robinho recalled to Brazil squad, will win 100th cap v Colombia

 

Robinho, remember him?

Robinho’s career hasn’t exactly gone as expected.

When the kid from Sao Paulo first burst on the scene, he was hyped up as the next big thing, and given that he came through the ranks at Pele’s club Santos, comparisons with O Rei were inevitable.

But despite shining for Santos as a teenager, he never managed to live up to the hype when he made the move to Europe.

He first signed for Real Madrid, before signing for Manchester City as a ‘Galactico’, where he flopped quite spectacularly.

But the hype wasn’t his fault, and to be fair he’s eked out quite a respectable career; he’s still going strong at the age of 32, and has been rewarded for his performances with Atletico Mineiro this season.

Recalled to Brazil squad

The former boy wonder of Brazilian football was recalled to the Brazil squad today, having been left out for the past year.

And given the talent coming through in Brazil right now, he probably thought he’d never wear the famous yellow shirt again.

But new boss Tite saw fit to call up Robinho for next month’s friendly with Colombia, which is a fundraiser for the Chapecoense tragedy.

Robinho couldn’t hide his delight, and took to Twitter to celebrate his recall.

Neymar & Friends 13 – Robinho & Friends 9: All the goals & highlights (videos)

Neymar & Friends 13 – Robinho & Friends 9

Neymar and Robinho’s charity match on Thursday night looked like a great affair and it produced both a huge viral moment and no less than 22 goals.

Barcelona superstar Neymar had already made headlines in Brazil by dressing up as Batman with his girlfriend Bruna Marquezine taking the role of Catwoman on Wednesday.

A day later, Neymar and Robinho brought some Christmas cheer with a charity match that also sent funds to Chapecoense.

Neymar scores four

Neymar did not start the match but still scored four goals for his team, once he came onto the pitch.

And, his moment of magic against a protesting Fred is likely to live in the memory for some time.

Also appearing in the match were the likes of Kaka, Manchester City striker Gabrial Jesus and fellow Olympic gold medalist Luan.

The charity match also featured stars of Brazilian TV and music. See the best of the highlights below.

Neymar & Friends 13 – Robinho & Friends 9 video

All 4 Neymar goals

Neymar individual highlights

Gabriel Jesus individual highlights

Kaka individual highlights

Neymar embarrasses Fred anyway

Filthy @neymarjr #Tekkers You vs WHO!⁉

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Hilarious: Opponent begs Neymar not to humiliate him, Barcelona star does so (video)

Fred begs Neymar
Fred begs Neymar
Fred begs Neymar

Neymar & Friends v Robinho & Friends

Two stars of Brazilian football organised and played in a charity match on Thursday night.

In the end, Neymar & Friends triumphed over Robinho & Friends 13-9 in a charity match that looked like a lot of fun to play in.

As you would imagine from a friendly game involving the likes of Neymar and Robinho, there was a specific moment that has gone viral.

Neymar v Fred

Neymar did not start the game, but when he did come on, the Barcelona superstar was involved in the moment of the charity match.

It featured Fred, an opponent, who fell to his knees and begged Neymar not to embarrass him.

Which Neymar duly did with some fine Tekkers.

Unfortunately for Neymar, it did not result in a goal which would truly have rounded things off in superb style.

See Neymar v Fred below…

Fred paying homage to Neymar

Fred paying homage to Neymar
Fred paying homage to Neymar

Neymar embarrasses Fred anyway

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Atletico Mineiro’s Robinho hit by a lighter at Racing Club, does a Dida (Video)

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The Copa Libertadores is about as lawful as the Wild Wild West.

South America’s answer to the Champions League has been marred by violent scenes down the years – both on the pitch and in the stands – and we caught another glimpse of its dark side in Argentina last night, as Racing Club hosted Atletico Mineiro.

There was so much hostility that the Atletico players needed to be protected by the riot police as they went to take corners, but despite the best efforts of the swat team, former Real Madrid and Man City man Robinho was hit with a projectile.

While clearly a dangerous act, and had it hit him in the head it could have knocked him out, Robinho’s melodramatic reaction to getting hit by the lighter brought back memories of Dida getting hit with a flare all those years ago.

Robinho scores perfect hat-trick for Atletico Mineiro (Video)

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During his years at the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan and Manchester City, Robinho was never known as a prolific scorer of goals.

Now 32, Robinho plays his club football for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil and appears to be enjoying his football after a spell in China.

Last week we featured Robinho on this website for a shocking miss that will likely surprise no one.

On Sunday, Robinho turned on the form, with a perfect hat-trick for Atletico Mineiro, all in the second half, against Tombense.

Atletico Mineiro won the game 4-1.

Now at Atletico Mineiro, it’s nice to see that Robinho is still useless (Video)

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Robinho missed an absolute sitter over the weekend in Brazil.

Once a player with Real Madrid and Man City, the 32-year-old is now winding down his career with Atletico Mineiro in his homeland.

Last weekend they took on URT, and Robinho showed how far he’s fallen.

The former Seleccao international was all alone at the back stick to meet a cross and score, however his effort never even got close to the target.

URT won the match 1-0.

Also see: Atletico Mineiro have released their new shirts using Brazilian models in their underwear

Watch the clip below.

Eden Hazard’s Five-a-Side team features a Manchester City flop

Eden Hazard has chosen his dream five-a-side team for UEFA.com, and there’s one highly surprising choice.

There are different ways of playing this game; here Hazard has left himself out, and gone for players for 5 past players (all are retired and he didn’t play with any of them).

When it comes to 5-a-side, you’re looking for technique, close control and passing ability, so Hazard’s first four choices are understandable:

Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Riquelme, Ronaldinho….

But his fifth choice makes you do a double take: Robinho.

Now playing for Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League, Robinho’s career promised much, but delivered little.

The former boy wonder signed for Real Madrid from Santos as a raw 20-year-old, but never settled at the Bernabeu, and following a failed move to Manchester City, he eventually returned to boyhood club Santos.

While he was always a technically gifted player, it’s a surprise to see Hazard pick him given how fall Robinho has fallen off the radar.

Watch Hazard list his five-a-side team on UEFA.com’s video.

Robinho speaks about his Manchester City spell in new feature-length interview (Video)

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It’s strange to say that a player who played for Manchester City, Real Madrid and AC Milan underachieved but one can’t help coming to that conclusion in Robinho’s case.

Named as Pele’s heir by the Brazil legend himself at the age of 15, the attacker led Santos to their first title since the heyday of their greatest ever player.

A move to Madrid proved premature and a subsequent move to City was equally unsatisfying, particularly because of how well his time in England started and how undeniably talented he was.

Now playing for Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, the 31-year-old reflects on his spell with City in a feature-length interview covering his last minute switch, his dream start and riding the bus.

Watch the interview below.

Ex-Man City and Real Madrid forward Robinho scored a brace in China last weekend (Official Video)

31-year-old Robinho is up and running at new employers Guangzhou Evergrande.

Several weeks ago, Brazilian forward Robinho made an eye-catching move to China, where he joined former Selecao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande on a six-month deal.

He moved to Asia after he was released from Brazilian side Santos.

Last weekend, Robinho got off the mark as he scored a brace in Guangzhou Evergrande’s 4-2 win away at Shanghai Shenxin.

Watch Robinho’s goals below.

Barcelona star Neymar admits he would have loved to have played with Real Madrid legend Ronaldo [FIFA]

Barcelona superstar Neymar has named Zinedine Zidane and Brazilian legends Romario and Ronaldo as three players that he would have loved to play with if he was born a decade or so earlier.

Neymar made the comments in a Q&A session with FIFA, and it is clear that the 23-year-old would throw away any rivalry between Barcelon and Real Madrid to have played with some of football’s biggest icons.

“I’m a big fan of Romario, he’s someone I’d have loved to play with. Zidane too. I just got to play with Ronaldo once, in his very last game for Brazil, but I’d have loved to have played more with him,” Neymar revealed after being asked what player, past or present, he’d most like to have played with.

Neymar  also went on to reserve special praise for former Real Madrid forward Robinho, and current Barcelona right back who the Brazilian described as his best friend in football.

When asked to name the best goal he’s ever scored the forward unsurprisingly picked his stunning solo golazo against Flamengo during his time with Santos.

Robinho gets into a social media fight on Instagram, calls an Arsenal fan a “sh*t” [Pictures]

Former Real Madrid, AC Milan and Manchester City playmaker Robinho has been drawn into a social media fight with Brazilian Arsenal fan on Instagram.

Several weeks ago, Brazilian forward Robinho made an eye-catching move to China, where he joined former Selecao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande on a six-month deal.

The 31-year-old moved to Asia after he was released from Brazilian side Santos.

So what’s now happened?

This week Robinho celebrated the birth of a new daughter, who is named Giulia.

Robinho posted a picture of his new baby on Instagram (see above), however one troll used his social media update to call out the footballer as a “mercenary” for leaving Santos to move to Guangzhou.

Robinho reacted badly to that comment, and in return the footballer posted a couple of angry messages on the troll’s last Instagram update, which was at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium as the man wore a Gunners shirt.

Robinho barked:

Stop talking shit. I want to see you here in Santos, you shit. 

Those Instagram messages are now spreading fast around Brazil.

See the screengrabs below.

Still got it: Robinho (Santos) produced a ridiculous piece of skill v Sport Recife [Video]

Now playing back in his native Brazil, Robinho was always renowned for his endless array of tricks and flicks during his time in Europe.

The former Real Madrid, Man City and AC Milan star scored in last night’s 2-2 draw with high flying Sport Recife.

Aged 31, Robinho proved that he has certainly ‘still got it’ with a breathtaking piece of skill in the opposition half.

The Santos star was quickly surrounded by three Sport Recife players before instinctively producing some glorious juggling skills and volleying out wide to his teammate.

Gorgeous skills!

Robinho celebrates sweet nutmeg for Santos v Marquinho of Audax [videos]

At the age of 31, Robinho is still able to pull out the skills when needed.

The Brazilian may not have lived up to his billing as a young player but its good to see Robinho can still wow opponents and the watching spectators when needed.

On Saturday night, Santos took on Osasco Audax in the Paulista and at the time of posting this, Robinho and co. were 1-0 up.

We love a nuts! Its not often you see players celebrating them mid-game though!

Robinho (Santos) scored a gorgeous goal in MOTM performance v Portuguesa [Video]

Once of Real Madrid, Manchester City & AC Milan, Robinho is now back plying his trade at his boyhood club Santos.

The 31 year old skilful Brazilian was at his best last night, scoring twice and assisting the other in a 3-1 win at Portuguesa.

His first goal was a delightful finish, cutting inside a defender before unleashing a wonderful curler past the diving goalkeeper.

Robinho then netted a penalty before bagging an assist on the stroke of half time to give Santos a 3-0 lead.

Watch the video above.

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Robinho has freestyle battle against Santos teammate Vladimir [Video]

When Robinho retires football will remember him for being less than the sum of his parts.

The Brazilian forward was once touted as the new Pele – due to a combination of circumstance and ability.

Underwhelming stints at Real Madrid and Manchester City proved that he was not worthy of the tag but we shouldn’t disregard Robinho for falling short of the highest possible expectations.

Now back at Santos, he is the kind of footballer who puts bums in seats. He’s got a stunning array of skills and loves to entertain by flexing these freestyle muscles.

Here he is competing against Santos goalkeeper Vladimir, who ain’t bad with his feet either!

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Zico (61) scores a sweet goal in a charity match, celebrates by samba dancing with Robinho [Video]

61-year-old Brazilian legend Zico was back on a football pitch on Saturday.

Zico arranged a charity match in his homeland, and he was joined by some big names for an exhibition game at the Maracana.

Juninho Pernambucano,, Clarence Seedorf, Robinho, Leonardo, Vampeta and Deco were some of the ex pros who showed up.

Fittingly, Zico opened the scoring with a low shot into the far bottom corner, and after bagging his goal the legend samba danced with Robinho in celebration.

Watch the footage above, together with some fancy skills (and no end product!) from Robinho below.

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Brilliant! Robinho pretends to be injured so that Neymar can drive cart around the pitch [Video]

Seriously, Brazilian footballers know how to put on a show for their fans!

As if it wasn’t enough to fill a match full of rabonas, sombreros and rainbow flicks, the charity game between Neymar’s friends and Sao Paolo friends descended into pantomime in the latter stages.

Robinho pretended he was injured so that Neymar could get an opportunity to hijack a cart and drive it around the pitch.

The big child that he is, Neymar acted as chauffeur to give Robinho the chance to wave to fans as he drove past after being substituted. Pure theatre, indeed.

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Robinho scores silky solo effort after bamboozling defence with step-overs [Video]

Robinho never quite fulfilled his potential but you can’t accuse the man of not performing like the world beater we thought he would be in charity matches.

In this particular exhibition game, the Santos attacker, on the pals of Neymar team against Sao Paolo friends, bamboozled defenders with a nice array of step-overs and feints.

As should be the case when he’s got an ensemble cast assisting him, starring the likes of legendary Brazil captain Cafu and current Selecao skipper Neymar.

You can see the goal in the video above.

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‘I love you Chappy!’ Robinho sends video message to Manchester City fans and kitman

Robinho was the first marquee signing at Manchester City 2.0, and started the massive influx of stars to the Etihad, lured by the riches of the Abu Dhabi group and the prospect of regular silverware.

It didn’t quite work out for Robinho at Eastlands, though he’ll always be remembered by the fans as the one who set the wheels in motion.

With City currently producing a documentary on the club’s Brazilian players down the years, Robinho had a special message for Chappy the kitman.

‘I love you Chappy, you’re a fantastic guy!’

Future job? Injured Robinho (Santos) becomes a coach on the sidelines after scoring [Video]

Former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan star Robinho is back plying his trade in Brazil.

The 30 year old attacker scored the opener in last night’s 3-3 draw with Cruzeiro but later had to come off injured.

After coming off injured, Robinho assisted the Santos head coach, shouting instructions at his teammates from the touchline.

Could Robinho become a manager once his playing days are over?

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Santos forward Robinho hoofs a shot into the stands from a few yards out v Cruzeiro [Video]

Santos forward Robinho had a moment to forget when his team went to Cruzeiro in the Copa do Brazil semi-final first leg.

With his team trailing, Robinho was presented with the chance to level the scores when the Cruzeiro goalkeeper spilled a shot right at his feet.

However, put off by the frantic actions of the surrounding defenders, Robinho hit the shot as fast, and as hard, as he could, sending into the stratosphere!

You can see the woeful miss in the video above.

Robinho scores 2 then sent off for diving during Santos win over Botafogo

Former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan forward Robinho had a hugely eventful night in the Copa do Brasil on Wednesday.

Santos won their Copa do Brasil quarter-final against Botafogo away from home, thanks to two goals from Robinho and a third by Geuvânio.

Robinho’s goals came on 23 and 29, both sharp finishes from inside the area.

Whilst always known as a trickster, Robinho rarely produced goals like this on a regular basis anywhere in European football.

He was though widely considered to be a serial simulator and his reputation may have preceded Robinho who received a second yellow card with six minutes remaining for diving.

In truth, it looked like a hard challenge for the defender and Robinho could well have won a free-kick to relieve the pressure on the Santos defence.

Reports in Brazil suggest that Robinho responded to the red card by telling the referee: “you’re kidding me, you’re crazy!”

Robinho denied diving but confirmed he did curse the referee once the red card came out.

The video above has the two Robinho goals for Santos, the red card is on the clip below.

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AC Milan loanee Robinho scored a lovely chip for Santos v Coritiba [Video]

AC Milan loanee Robinho hit the headlines in Brazil on Saturday night with the winner for Santos against Coritiba.

Santos claimed a 2-1 win in the Brazilian top flight, and Robinho bagged the decisive goal for the hosts in the 39th minute.

After being played in by young Santos starlet Gabriel, Robinho beat the Coritiba keeper from the edge of the visitor’s box with a delightful chip.

Robinho has now scored two goals in six matches back in Brazil.

Watch AC Milan’s Robinho score a brilliant goal in Brazil above.

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Robinho scores great goal for Santos in 2nd game back v Londrina

This is not the Robinho we know from European football!

The Brazilian trickster has returned to original club Santos and appears to be better suited than AC Milan.

By the end of his time at the Rossoneri, Robinho became more of a hindrance than a help and the attacker flattered to deceive big time at Manchester City.

So, will Robinho return to form at Santos, his spiritual home?

The 30-year-old showed flashes of brilliance in his first game against Corinthians, in a 1-0 defeat.

On Thursday, Robinho announced his return to Brazil with a cracking goal and an assist which wasn’t too shabby either (on the video below) in a 2-0 Copa do Brasil win over Londrina.

NUTS! Robinho shines on his Santos return v Corinthians [Video]

Back at Santos for his second loan period since leaving the club for Real Madrid in 2005, Robinho shone on his third debut for his hometown club.

Despite losing in the Paulista ‘Clasico’ to Corinthians, the one-time golden boy of Brazilian football lit up the game with some lovely touches, though really should have scored with a couple of decent chances.

The piece de resistance was undoubtedly his panna on a Corinthians player, who then fouled him before he could retrieve the ball at the other end.

NUTS!

Robinho and Lucas Lima have a freestyle skill battle in Santos training [Video]

Robinho failed to light up Europe while he was here but one thing that cannot be said about the attacker is that he lacks flair.

Having returned to Santos, Robinho will want to re-establish himself as top dog at the club but his authority may be challenged by the likes of Lucas Lima.

Lima hasn’t been at the club long but doesn’t cower at the prospect of taking on a club legend in a freestyle battle.

He puts in a decent shift but ultimately it’s Robinho’s skills that triumph.

Robinho settles back into life at Santos with an impressive strike in training [Video]

After a long, and largely unsuccessful, period in Europe, the prodigal son returned and Robinho was welcomed with open arms by Santos.

The former prodigy left the club when he was 21 and still being dubbed the new Pele, Real Madrid bringing the Brazilian to Spain.

Further tumultuous times followed at Manchester City and AC Milan with a quick visit back home in between but now Santos can call Robinho their player again.

The forward seems quite happy to be back and settled into life back home with a rather glorious strike in training.

You can see the goal in the video above.

AC Milan stars Robinho & Stephan El Shaarawy compete in sick skills competition [Video]

In AC Milan training today, two of their skilful stars were caught having a little competition.

Brazilian attacker Robinho and Italian forward Stephan El Shaarawy are both famed for their wonderful skills.

The pair had a little competition in training today, with both players pulling off some ridonkulous moves.

We think Robinho edges it. Check out the footage below.

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