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When Will People Wise Up About Manchester City’s Robinho?


As news that Turkish club Besiktas are prepared to take Robinho off Manchester City’s books for a cool 16 million British pounds with ten million more on offer in performance-related payments, it raises an important question.

Just how poor does your form, commitment and professional behaviour have to be before a football club will stop spending stupid amounts of money on you?

Behave like a selfish, spoilt child, storm out your club, play like a drain away from home for a year and half and pick up an enormous six figures weekly sum as wages while doing so is all apparently fine and dandy in the world of football because there’s always some other mug who will cough up more money to you in the hope that you might deign to play well for them in a few games.

But we all already know how this will work. He’ll be ok for a couple of months then go missing and the whole tortuous process will begin again. The only winner is Robinho who seems to think a football club owes him a living whether he plays to standard or doesn’t play at all. And of course, he’s right. They do. They’re contracted to pay him whether he’s good, bad or indifferent – a fact he seems to have sussed out all too early in his career.

When will clubs learn to take the hard line with wasters like this? By all means play for our club, son, but you will be paid per game. If you break any club rules you don’t get any money. We reserve the right to jettison you where and when we choose. Your previous behaviour means you have forfeited any trust or respect. You have to earn it. Get your head down, keep your nose clean, shut-up and play well. That’s all we ask. In return you will receive more money than most humans can conceive of.

Why do serial trouble-makers always get taken back? Clubs behave like abused wives who keep taking their violent husband back on one last promise that he’ll never beat her again.

Robinho is more trouble than he’s worth. It’s pointless to think he’ll play a few seasons for your club at the peak of his not inconsiderable talents; he just won’t. He’ll more likely get arrested in a night club with his hand up a girl’s dress, disappear for a few weeks back to Brazil and return two stone overweight with an unpleasant social disease.

Blessed with the kind of sulky face that you’d really like to slap very hard, how many of us think his career at Besiktas will be a long, fruitful one? Exactly.

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  1. Esayas

    September 2, 2010 at 6:51 am now a days is being a wonderful team in English premier league.

  2. Yev

    August 27, 2010 at 1:46 am

    The “mentally unstable, crazy, a lunatic, out of touch with reality” would of course be the entire population of England who thought that England would have won the WC. The ‘ mentally unstable, crazy, a lunatic, out of touch with reality” would of course be the English pundits that had to say Rooney could walk into the Brazil team, a team which Robinho is the current captain, because ‘Rooney is that good’. Speak proper English, it is your native language that your ancestors made up.

    Robinho is better than all of English players put together. Robinho does things with the ball that an English player can’t fathom. If Robinho is a ‘nutter’ as you put it then I hope you have a word to describe a bunch of misfits who hasn’t achieved anything in the past 4 decades, that didn’t even managed to qualify for a WC that Brazil went on to win. English players suck terribly, they don’t know the first thing about football. Weight lifting trackstars would make it big in the EPL.

  3. Yev

    August 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Please I am not the one for slang’s, I learnt this word ‘nutter’ from talking to you. I have no idea what the slang really means. Adriano was on suicide watch, how does that make him a ‘nutter’. Face it, their will never be a striker with the talent that Adriano has, never. Copa América: 2004 – Golden Ball for The Best Player of the Tournament and Golden Shoe for Top Scorer. Confederations Cup: 2005 – Golden Ball for The Best Player of the Tournament and Golden Shoe for Top Scorer. Rooney a forward hasn’t scored in 2 WC, so he is a ‘nutter’ right? Now he is going on 5 mths without scoring for club and country. The entire English national team hasn’t accomplished anything in 4 decades, so that makes them a country of ‘nutters’ right? There are over 200 Brazilians playing football in Europe and you happened to zoom in on one and airbrush all Brazilians by suggesting they are all nutters. Robinho was used a bargaining chip to get Ronaldo, this is not professional. Robinho had no idea that a club such called City existed. Robinho wants out of the EPL, not just City. Fabregas wanted out of Arsenal, even did the same thing as Robinho and cried crocodile tears to leave, but of course Fabregas is a professional, because he is not Brazilian. Tevez threw a tantrum to leave Man U, but he is a professional, because he is not Brazilian. Me thinks this is something personal.

    • brn442

      August 26, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      Well let me give you an “English” lesson. If you’re on suicide watch – you’re a nutter. Adriano is a talented striker but he is still a nutter.

      If Robinho signed a multi-year contract for a club “he didn’t know existed” then – either he is an idiot, or – perhaps – surprise – a nutter.

      Fabregas is a professional because he did not disrespect his manager and his club by refusing to train, play, or by taking an unauthorized “vacation” in the middle of the season back to his country.

      • Yev

        August 26, 2010 at 11:57 pm

        You are sound very stupid right now. This is the 3rd time I am asking you. What is a nutter?

        I don’t want an English lesson. You guys don’t know the first thing about football. Adriano has achieved more than every English player in the last 19 years.

        When did Robinho refuse to train or play? When did Robinho take a vacation while playing for City? These are all unsubtstantiated rumours. Lies.

        Why did Robinho fire his agent Wagner Ribeiro who got him his biggest contract?

        • brn442

          August 27, 2010 at 12:21 am

          Mentally unstable, crazy, a lunatic, out of touch with reality – look in the mirror, I guarantee you, you’ll see one.

          For the 3rd time, I’m saying – Adriano is a TALENTED footballer but he is still is a NUTTER.

          Why did Robinho fire his agent who got him his biggest contract? Because he’s a nutter.

  4. brn442

    August 26, 2010 at 3:11 am

    “emotional instability” = nutter. I never said the fella wasn’t talented, he is simply not professional, he practically walked out on Madrid now he wants to do the same with Man City. I could care less what country he plays for or comes from, there is a right way to do things and a wrong way – go ask Anelka.

  5. fan

    August 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

    can’t mancity fine robino for not honoring his contract? Is all about money, if the mcity start fining robino for any training session he miss or all the matches he miss, he will surely start to behave. if he doesn’t, mancity can get some of that money back from him.

  6. Yev

    August 22, 2010 at 2:52 am

    You English never cease to amaze me. Robinho doesn’t exist in your kick and run long ball philosophy and just because Rupert Murdoch shoves the EPL down our throats, that does not make the EPL a litmus test for who is the best in the world.

    The English philosophy of football is to kick and run and to play with passion and strength and this is why the English hasn’t accomplished anything in the last 4 decades. The fact is, no other league wants English players. If it wasn’t for national nepotism, English players would only be playing high school football and the lower leagues. No other league wants them. It is a current dream for the best players in the EPL to play in Spain for Barca and Madrid.

    Robinho is INHERENTLY the best footballer in the EPL, who has complete mastery of the ball, who is the best dribbler, who is the most skillful. He was the best thing for Man City in his first season, but you English thinks he sucks because he doesn’t play with ‘passion’, he doesn’t have ‘strength’, and he didn’t perform coming off a 3 mth injury in his second season and even though Rooney hasn’t scored a goal for club and country for 5 mths, Rooney according to the English and the English alone is the best in the world though he sucked terribly on the international stage.

    Robinho, who is the first pick and was the most influential attacking player for Brazil in the WC, a 5 time WC winning team, who won 2 man of the match in the WC, has to prove something to the English, the English who sucked terribly on the international stage. If the English standard is the best? and all the English players play in England why haven’t they won anything in 4 decades? Why do they continually suck and get run over on the international stage?

    All I hear about Robinho is that he has a bad attitude. Fabregas cried crocodile tears to leave Arsenal, does he have a bad attitude, Tevez cried to leave Man U does he have a bad attitude, of course not, because they are not Brazilians.

    No other team around the world wants English players, because you guys suck and this is proven year in year out in the transfer seasons. The world witnessed English football at the WC. For a country with supposedly the ‘best league in the world’ you looked like high school footballers. Brazil received backlash of how terribly they played against N.Korea, because they didn’t break down their 9 men defense and scored more. A pundit once said Rooney could walk into the Brazil team. In Brazil it was as if that pundit drew a picture of the prophet Muhammed. It was an insult to the Brazilians.

    You English and your EPL suck, Chelsea and Man U are the only contestants in the EPL and this makes your argument about the EPl being better than La liga because of Madrid and Barca dominating the league superfluous.

    • brn442

      August 22, 2010 at 3:17 am

      Preach Brother. But answer me this? Why are Brazilian players the most likely to do a nutter, skip out on a bloated mega contract and then run back to Rio with their tails between their legs, or simply lose the plot and inexplicably stamp on a player in a world cup or get mentally outclassed by a team of African teenagers, getting your best player sent off.

      • Yev

        August 22, 2010 at 3:50 am

        Do a nutter? What’s that? Skip out on a bloated contract? Man City sucks, is that Robinho’s fault? Rio ? Face it. Every considerable team in the world has Brazilians, which means the standard of Brazilian football is at the highest. 115 Brazilian players compared to a lowly 15 English players in the 09 CL. Football is the biggest export in Brazil, so what is your point about Rio actually?

        “Brazilian players the most likely to lose the plot and inexplicably stamp on a player in a world cup or get mentally outclassed by a team of African teenagers”

        Where do you get this nonsense from ? Brazilian players are the only ones who committed fouls in the WC, is this what you are saying? Was Felipe Melo our best player ? Ohh, you mean Kaka. When the Cote Di’ Ivorian ran into Kaka who wasn’t looking and went down grabbing his face that was Kaja’s fault, ohh yeah right.

        What has the English team accomplished in the last 4 decades, remind me again, and what WC did Brazil won that the English never qualified to play in, could you remind me again?

        The EPL is terribly overrated by and only the English.

        • brn442

          August 25, 2010 at 12:08 am

          You’re a quick learner Fella- yes I was talking about Kaka. Dunga got sucked in to the opponent’s mind games and I blame him for not protecting Kaka. You want to defend Melo, go right ahead, you can join him in hiding. If you want to bash the “EPL” or the England team – be my guest – I’m not English, and yes – they’re over-rated.

          You still haven’t answered my question – why are so many Brazilian players nutters? Edmundo, Romario, Adriano, and this Man city Idiot?

          You talk about Mancini not cuddling him enough, god knows that 200K a week can’t buy him love. So what was his problem at Madrid?

          And why are you anywhere near an “epl” blog? If you hate the “epl” so much. I could care less about the Brazilian leagues so you will never see me anywhere near one.

          • Yev

            August 25, 2010 at 1:58 am

            Dunga wasn’t sucked into the mind games, it was the players. Felipe Melo was the cause of Brazil’s demise. Saying Felipe Melo is not one of our best players is not acting in his defense. The whole world saw the Kaka was wrongly sent off for that foul, except you.

            Romario is the very definition of a nutter right, though I still don’t know what that slang means. Romario 1994 FIFA World Cup winner ( a WC that England failed to qualify ) was a FIFA World Player of the Year runner – up in 1993 then the winner in 1994, won the World Cup Golden Ball in 1994, chosen as forward on FIFA Dream Team and named as one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA’s 100th anniversary celebration. Nutter.

            Edmundo, attitude. Adriano who was given the name The Emperor in Italy was on suicide watch after his father died. Adriano’s problem is emotional instability and alchohol not football.

            How is Robinho an idiot, in your own words please? Was he an idiot when he scored 14 goals in his first season (more than Rooney) playing alongside the likes of Caciedo and Ireland etc. Or was he an idiot because coming off a 3 mth injury in his second season, definitely not on form he found it hard to score goals playing as a winger mind you? Nani since 07 for Man U has only managed to score 8 goals.

            I never said Robinho needs cuddling. Robinho was the leading goalscorer behind poachers Nistelrooy and Raul at Madrid. Since he left they haven’t won anything. If Robinho is an ‘idiot’ and I take idiot as not being a good footballer, they why would Madrid use Robinho as a bargaining chip to get Ronaldo who was considered the greatest at the time?

            If Robinho is an idiot then why is he the first time pick and current captain for the most successful team in the world? How is it according to Brazilian statistics that 70 % of goals scored for Brazil since his inclusion in the team, came through Robinho? How did this idiot manage to win the MVP in the Copa America when the world greatest Messi was playing for Argentina? In the England vs Brazil friendly, why was it imperative that Robinho who was injured at the time, told to be on Brazil’s bench?

            Interesting fact, Robinho fired his agent Wagner Ribeiro, after he was sold to the highest bidder by Madrid. Robinho fired his agent for failure to negotiate for a better club. He never knew such a farce of a club existed and even said the words ‘Chelsea’ at his City unveiling. The EPL will be forever be inhospitable for players who play with skill, than pace and strength.

            I came on the blog because of the article about Robinho. So many Brazilians, nutters, then what would you say about English players. Robinho scored a goal in the WC, how much did Rooney score, how many man of the match performances did Rooney put in?

            That England has a better economy, better infrastructure, better sponsors and Rupert Murdoch shoves it down our throats does not make the EPL a litmus test for who is a good player. Nor does it make their ‘standard’ of football better than Brazilians. There are more Brazilian players than English players playing for professional football teams around the world. No other team in the world except for English teams buys English players and this is evidenced in every transfer season.

    • george

      August 22, 2010 at 8:07 am

      I went through all the comments and you were the only one who wrote something sensible. your comments pack a punch just like Muhammad Ali inflicted on his hapless rivals.
      Robinho is one of the three best footballers in the world. the no-nonsense Dunga rates him highly. the new brazilian coach made him the captain of Brazil. that speaks better than all the silly comments made here about robinho. at man city, he is unloved and uncared. mark hughes is a stupid manager. he preferred that nincompoop shaun wright phillips, who runs aimlessly like a headless chicken, to robinho. the new italian gentleman doesn’t know how to utilise the resources at hand. so robinho was made a scapegoat. give him love and enough playing time, he will show what he is capable of.

  7. tonyspeed

    August 21, 2010 at 9:27 am

    i find that most of you football fans have no brain to think for yourself. as soon as the media starts assaulting a player you lame excuses for football fans start attacking players. its easy to attack players but what are you doing with your own life. i’m beginning to think sports fans are the lowest of all low lifes because everytime any sports figure has a problem, everyone is ready to jump on his back and beat him to death. grow a brain of your own and stop seeing the world through the sensationalised eyes of the media. i’m glad some of you posters at least have some sense.

  8. James

    August 21, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Go to besiktas son and enjoy your football. Why stay in a country where you have been accused of rape and even your own fans disrespect you when you needed support during a loss of form

  9. toddmintz

    August 21, 2010 at 2:30 am

    so he is high maintenance? Then maybe we should pick on a large portion of players including Craig Bellamy. Certain people have to be treated differently, so maybe he is a child and sensitive. I know a talent when I see it or maybe no one watched USA-BRAZIL. I think Man City should keep him but I predict he will do very well for his next club. They are multi millioniares not choir boys. Drogba is known as a loose cannon. I think Man City by keepin him and sticking with him would have by now resulted in a larger result of theyr’e investment….

  10. Patrick

    August 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    The fact is he is an amazing talent but some players just get outside their comfort zones when shipped overseas for big money. Regarding this reasoning, I think this is why a lot of Brazilian players prefer to play in Brazil or South America but could still have talent for big name european clubs.

  11. Living in Tamarindo

    August 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Damn well said. His antics during the Holland vs. Brazil game were enough of a case for me. I wanted to b*tch slap him so hard the way he was acting.

  12. Kevin

    August 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Yes, Kimo C. Robinho was arrested for allegedly raping an 18 year old girl in a night club. He hasn’t necessarily come back to England fat, but with poor fitness yes.

    If Im not mistaken Besiktas have a very wealthy owner. I’m sure he signed off on it cuz it brings a (solely internationally) world class player who is very well known globally to the club. Who else could they possibly get to be a big name attraction? Who would want to go there? Robinho has been a giant flop, but at least he netted some goals in his 1st season and has flair. Sure, I would dislike him if I was a City fan, but if it wasn’t for him making the jump first, the likes of Tevez and all the superstars they have now wouldn’t be there (or wouldn’t be there just yet).

    Its a huge gamble, but his addition will excite Besiktas fans, give the club the league’s biggest name, face, and star. Even if he doesn’t perform, he’ll help Besiktas get more recognition (good or bad) and maybe get better class players more apt to play for the turkish club. Maybe his impact won’t be as big as it was at City, because hes already flopped once, but if the Turks have the money I see why they would do it.

    What a joke of a human being though. Its pathetic because on the international scene he is one of the best players in the world. Real were smart to get rid of him, especially for so much. Chelsea should rejoice they never got him.

  13. Kimo C.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    “He’ll more likely get arrested in a night club with his hand up a girl’s dress, disappear for a few weeks back to Brazil and return two stone overweight with an unpleasant social disease.”

    I was with you up until this paragraph…….talk about sensational journalism.

    I know Brazilians of his ilk have a history of mental issues and runaway from their problems, but that really isn’t fair to label the kid as a womanizing overeater, rife with STDs.

    Has he ever been accused of fondling a women before?

    Does he has a history of not being in shape when fit to play?

    I understand your comments were somewhat tongue and cheek, but seriously, you ask a very valid question and make excellent points about how many chances one player should be given no matter their talent. I just wish you could have ended on a classier note and allowed your points stand on their own. The attempt at humor was unwarranted/unnecessary.

    • Natalya

      August 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      Agree it was a very poor attempt at humour. Or in more practical terms: “FAIL” 🙂

      That said, the gist of the article (re: Robinho isn’t going to amount to much in Turkey) is spot-on.

      The man *is* very talented and capable physically. However you can’t separate a player’s physical abilities from their mental & emotional stability and makeup. That’s where Robinho comes up quite short, at least so far in his time at European clubs.

      IMO, he’ll find the most success probably back in Latin America at a club where he’ll be looked upon as a hero and showered with praise.

    • Greg

      August 21, 2010 at 8:18 am

      Actually he has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman. He was questioned by police after a woman in a Leeds club said he raped her in the VIP area. No charges were filed.

      I understand what you’re saying and I agree with you.

  14. brn442

    August 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    The man is a nut case. He’s not professional and If I were Man City I would remind him that he has a signed contract. I would’ve threatened to stick him in the reserves for the rest of the season but considering he gets 200k a week, it’s probably good business to ship him off.

  15. Phil McThomas

    August 20, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Well said, John Nic. Couldn’t believe it when I saw 16M, and from a club who probably can’t afford to waste it.

    Much better to spend 2 x 8M on a couple of decent, younger players.

  16. GaryCooksNapkin

    August 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

    We should all remember him fondly, for one reason. Transfer deadline day changed forever, for our ickle-wickle club.

    We should have seen it coming, but we were all ecstatic to a man, that we’d signed a world-class player. We should have seen it coming when he “thought” he’d joined Chelski. We should have seen it coming when Hughesy looked embarassed to be in the same room as him and avoided eye contact, like he was a leper.

    It did us a favour (albeit an expensive one) and served to signal the end of board-run transfers. I genuinely believe that the players we signed this summer will fit the mold of a Mancini team and that they’re all his men. OUR men.


  17. Sir Guy

    August 20, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Does City actually need this goofball? Take the money! That’s one less headache for Mancini to have to deal with in his juggling act.

  18. Dirty Eddie

    August 20, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Hopefully not before MCFC off load him !
    The big girl is a good player but has a flawed personality.

    • Jacob

      August 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      Dirty Eddie, you think he has a personality flaw?…….. he plays for Man Shitty right? I call that a huge flaw!!!

  19. Bolo

    August 20, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Robinho,for me,is one of the more special player which a team could use and he definitely can play…but that is if he turns up…its a waste when you see talented players lose playing time due to some reason eg Shevcenko,Henry etc but more so when it is due to their attitude eg Adriano,Ronaldinho,Robinho…

  20. Blue Mancunian

    August 20, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Robinho is THAT GOOD. very good

    But he’s bone idle and needs a slap round the head with a wet fish

    So that actually makes him useless.

    But, Mancini has brought him back so let’s see what happens

  21. Rob McCluskey

    August 20, 2010 at 7:20 am

    I’ve never thought Robinho was that good to be honest, it’s almost as if you can build a reputation for a player now that people we buy into

    • Paul Bestall

      August 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm

      Easily the most overated player in modern football. Abysmal against top level opponents, he’s a one trick pony.

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