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Robson de Souza (born January 25, 1984 in São Vicente, São Paulo), nicknamed Robinho, is a Brazilian footballer currently playing for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid C.F. and the Brazilian national team.

Biography

Robinho was born in Parque Bitaru, a poor neighbourhood of São Vicente in Santos, where he began playing football at an early age. When he was six years old, he was signed to the Beira-Mar, a local football academy; his team won the championship in his first year.[1] One of his teammates at the time was Marcelo, currently Robinho's teammate at Madrid. In 1993, at the age of just nine, Robinho scored 73 goals for the Portuários futsal team. He later joined Santos' youth program, which at the time was overseen by Brazilian football legend Pelé.

Club career

In 2002, at the age of eighteen, Robinho signed his first professional contract with Santos Futebol Clube, making 24 appearances in his debut season and scoring nine goals as Santos won the 2002 Campeonato Brasileiro. He enjoyed his best offensive output in 2004, scoring 21 goals in 37 league games and winning another league title with Santos.

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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 2004-05 season after his mother, Marina da Silva Souza, was kidnapped by gunmen at her Praia Grande home on November 6, but she was released unharmed six weeks later after a ransom was paid.[2] He managed only four goals in eight league games, but his value nonetheless continued to increase and at the end of the year, Santos were finding it increasingly difficult to hold on to their star player. Finally in July 2005 Spanish giants Real Madrid signed Robinho by agreeing to pay 60 percent of the buyout clause in his contract belonging to Santos (€24 million).[3]

Personal information
Full name Robson de Souza
Date of birth January 25, 1984 (1984-01-25) (age 24)
Place of birth    São Vicente, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Winger, Second Striker
Club information
Current club Real Madrid
Number 10
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2002-2005
2005-
Santos
Real Madrid
105 (44)
088 (22)   
National team2
2003- Brazil 035 (11)
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 18:11, 25 January 2008 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 17:24, 7 September 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Robinho played his first Primera Liga game on 28 August 2005 in a 2-1 win against Cádiz, coming on as a 65th-minute replacement for Thomas Gravesen. He ended up making 37 appearances and scored eight goals in his first season with Los Blancos.

But at the start of the 2006-07 campaign Robinho fell out of favour with new manager Fabio Capello and spent much of the first few months of the season on the bench, but worked his way back into the starting eleven after the winter break. Robinho was given permission by FIFA to skip a Copa América training session with Brazil so he could take part in Madrid's season finale against Mallorca on 18 June 2007, which they won 3-1 and in the process claimed their 30th league title, which was also the third of Robinho's career so far.

 

National team

Robinho earned his first cap for Brazil in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 27, which Brazil lost 1-0 to Mexico.

He played in four of Brazil's five 2006 FIFA World Cup matches as a reserve, going scoreless. However, he was in top form in the 2007 Copa América‎ a year later. For the tournament, he wore the number 11 jersey, the same number his childhood hero Romario. 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 quarterfinal thrashing of Chile. Brazil took home the trophy, and Robinho reaped the individual honours, finishing as the Golden Boot winner in addition to being named the best player of the tournament.

On 18 October 2007 Robinho and Ronaldinho were at the centre of a controversy when they were both benched for the upcoming weekend by their league clubs after they had missed their flights from Brazil back to Spain. Reports by Brazilian newspaper O Globo described both players partying with other teammates into the early morning hours at popular Rio de Janeiro nightclub Catwalk, as a celebration of Brazil's 5-0 win over Ecuador the day before. The report alleged that Robinho was seen dancing with women and that he had asked a security guard for 40 condoms before leaving the nightclub at 5 a.m. He denied the allegations, adding that he was planning to marry his girlfriend, pregnant with their first child, in early 2008.[4]

Playing Style

Robinho is one of the most talented attacking players to emerge from Brazil in the last few years. His most obvious strengths are his pace and his dribbling skills, which have been likened to the great Garrincha. He is also well known for using his trademark pedalada (or 'step-over') in one-on-one situations against defenders.

Statistics

As of 26 January 2008

All-Time Club Performance

Club Season Total
App Goals
Santos 2002 24 7
2003 46 13
2004 45 25
2005 20 13
Total 135 58
Real Madrid 05-06 51 12
06-07 40 8
07-08 21 12
Total 106 27
Career Totals 245 85

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Robinho will be the future world best player, is a living legend

Robinho is greater than messi because he has proven it at tha copa league

I like Robinho but Messi is the best right now. Robinho planning to win the world Cup 2010 over Messi. Haitian for ever!

he is good but how old is he?

he is namber one111111111111111

Robinho is the all time best and he rocks!!!!!!  - !!!GO BRAZIL!!!



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