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MCR's £30 Million Question: Berbatov or Robinho?

MCR's £30 Million Question: Berbatov or Robinho?

Nine months ago next week Manchester City and Manchester united paid out a combined £63,250,000 on two strikers. Who got the best value for crazy money?

Throughout this season, Blues have been faced with relentless copy from sports hack's and learned pundits declaring De Souza Robinho's time at Eastlands to be a failure. Outside of a fair number of rags supporters, you'd be hard pressed to find a similar dismissal of Dimitar Berbatov's efforts.

That mad last day of August 2008 saw City's new hierarchy fire in mega bids at a number of select striker targets, one of whom was Berbatov, Tottenham's want away forward. The rags responded to City's bid by raising their own into the Rio Ferdinand £30 million sphere they'd visited before and Sir Alex Taggart even went to the lengths of driving the Bulgarian from Ringway to Stretford himself.

28 year old Berbatov's on/off rag career could maybe best encapsulated by his appalling penalty miss against Everton which all but sealed the rags exit from the FA Cup they claimed a divine right to amongst other silverware.

24 year old Robinho on the other hand, may well not have shone consistently away from home this season but he was written off by hacks before he set foot on English turf that he wouldn't be able to handle the transition from Spanish Liga flair to Premier League combat. Of course, Berbatov was already well established in English football, so The Glazers would have been expecting more of a finished article where adaptability was concerned.


No 9. Dimitar Berbatov. Fee: £30,750,000

League and Cup Appearances: 36 + 7 as sub.
Goals: 14 (9 Premier League in 29 apps)

No 10. Robinho. Fee: £32,500,000

League and Cup Appearances: 40 + 1 as sub.
Goals: 15 (14 Premier League in 30 apps)

So if Robinho is a failure, then what does that make Berbatov?

Many a rag will tell you that Robinho thought he was signing for them, but his comments last night following the rags humiliation at the hands of the brilliant Barcelona tell another story:

'I was cheering for Barca. First, because I have friends there and also because United are our biggest rivals. I was sure Barca would prove they are Europe's best team.'

Robinho has also issued a statement via his official website regarding City fans:

'Robinho was very happy with the affection demonstrated by the fans in the match against Bolton.

'The incentives shouted by the crowd, directed at team-mate Glauber Berti, in the final minutes, demonstrated how passionate Manchester City's fans are.

'Robinho also said that he is very happy and proud to play in a club that has such wonderful followers.'

...Carry on like this Robbie and you'll be assured MCFC legend status...!

Which striker do you think represented the best business? Berbatov or Robinho?


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday May 28 2009
Time: 4:21PM


for the money neither club got a great deal, just money grabbing twerps!
The Fear
28/05/2009 16:53:00
It's interesting to see that Robbie who has been portrayed as something of a sicknote has a similar appearance record to Berbatov.
Johnny Baguette
28/05/2009 16:58:00
I think that no one has come up with anything witty to rename Robinho and Berbatov has become known as Berbaflop even within the Rag camp says enough. Robi has been top class bar completely disappearing away from home, Berbatov has gone from a moderate team to an excellent team and has been worse as a result, in spite of some brilliant play and assists. At Tottenham, Berba didn't have to share goals with anyone, and the team depended on him firing them to wins, at ManUre he's just another good player who's expected to maintain status quo. He was better off at Tottenham where he made a difference. Robi is by far the better buy based on the sheer impact he's had on our midfield and the form he's helped infuse into Ireland.
28/05/2009 17:06:00
I'd also like to add that all of Robbies goals have come from left midfield. He may have been brought as a striker (or just off a main striker) but he's played the entire campaign at left midfield. So for a midfielder that goal contribution is top notch.
28/05/2009 17:15:00
Robinho is an outstanding player and a professional. People may criticize him for a couple of poor showings away from home but he has been double marked and has often been playing alongside Championship quality players (linking up with Michael Ball down the wing!). I think he has had a great season and he is a fantastic ambassador to this club and for football.
28/05/2009 17:19:00
No doubt in my mind that Robinho has been the better buy of the two. I was impressed that we were bidding for Berbatov and would have been happy had we got him. But when we got Robinho in the final minutes of the transfer window it was just fantastic. Berbatov has some great skills, yes, but Robinho would likely get in a World XI team. The away game problem is a problem the team has, not just Robinho. Many of our players too often look off the pace and listless when away. If Hughes can change that, then our Premiership position will improve tremendously.
28/05/2009 18:24:00
enzo city
28/05/2009 19:54:00
ROBINHO!!! Besides he admits next season he will be better!
28/05/2009 20:14:00
I'll give you a clue - the best player out of the two doesn't look like count dracula and isn't derided by his own fans for being a flop...
28/05/2009 21:40:00
Answer Berbatov as Tottenham got the best deal.
29/05/2009 06:56:00
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