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Robinho In His Words: Me Myself And I

AC Milan player De Souza Robinho's 730 days registered with Manchester City are over. We take a plunge into the archives and let his own words do the talking...

June 2008:

'The situation is still the same, I want to play for Chelsea, as I have told the president, the coach and the sporting
director. I want to play there - I don't know what more I can do. My personal aim is to be the best player in the world and that isn't going to be possible at Real Madrid.

September 2008:

'I have joined the biggest team in Manchester. I can already see a relationship with the supporters. I love this reaction. I want to win the championship and the Champions League. This club can be a special place. I am very happy to be here. I know about Mark Hughes. He was a forward, one of the best in the English league. He has played for many big clubs. He knows success.'

November 2008:

'Look at the way Real treated me. They treated me like I was an average player. They made it very uncomfortable for me.'

November 2008:

'The city of Madrid is a beautiful city and my family loved living there but I don't like making comparisons because Madrid is Madrid and I am here today...we sometimes go to the cinema or the theatre, normal things. I spend most of the time at home...I have to look for my happiness and that is being out on the pitch, playing well and scoring goals. That makes me happy. Nowadays I'm doing that and I feel very, very happy here.'

January 2009:

- Walks out of City squad training camp in Tenerife and flies home without permission for a week in Brazil. It transpired he wanted to be at home for his 25th birthday with his family. City fined him a Premier League record £320,00 upon his return.

'I had made Manchester City aware that I needed to return to Brazil because of a family matter. I will return to the club and hope to sort this out as soon as possible. I feel it is important to underline that I did not return to Brazil because of the Kaka deal. He is one of my good friends and it would have been great to see him at Manchester City - but it had nothing to do with his decision to stay in Milan.'

January 2009:

'I have a good relationship with Mark Hughes and have always respected his decisions. He is the boss!'

February 2009:

'I like living in Manchester and I have made many friends at the club and at the city, since I arrived last year. I admire the Manchester City fans, who are true lovers of football and loyal to the players.'

April 2009:

'Of course this is only my first year, and I try to get better and better every year. Hopefully in the future I can
be even happier at this football club. Of course expectations are high over how the team will do, but my aim is to remain here for a long time to come...My relationship with the manager is very good. He is a very good manager. He gives me total confidence, and he and the team help me to produce my best football for the club.'

September 2009:

'It's not easy to say no to a club like Barcelona.They are European champions, they're in a lovely city and I like Spain a lot. I have always wanted to play at clubs like Barcelona. It's a great club, any player would be happy for them to show an interest. I'm happy that Barcelona have taken notice of me. I like Barcelona, they're a great club.'

November 2009:

'I am so happy with my club. People talk a lot but the truth is I'm trying to be happy to play again.'

December 2009:

'I am very happy here. I think I will stay here five years or 10 years, I don't know. My family is very happy, the fans love me and I love the fans. I am enjoying playing English football. It is very beautiful. With every game I play, I feel more comfortable. I hope to continue playing football in England for a long time.'

December 2009:

'I want to talk with Mancini. I've heard good news about his work and City still have plenty of time to finish the season well. The decision for Hughes to go was down to the owners but it did not come as a
surprise after all the rumours. But the Champions League zone is not so far for us and we are in the Carling Cup semi-finals.'

January 2010:

- Following double substitution for embarrassing non performance against Everton and subsequent loan move to Santos:

'Mancini has a different way of thinking. In Brazil, the coach respects the player's characteristics. But in Europe, they are used to playing with two lines of four players and they don't want to know what you can do. There, if you are a forward, the coach sends you on to the pitch just to run. You have to run and that's it.'

June 2010:

- Ignores Brazil WAG ban and flies family out to South Africa for World Cup:

'The family is the foundation of everything for me. It is too bad I could not score a goal for my son against North Korea.'

June 2010:

'At Madrid, I was not satisfied with the way they treated me in the end. I was disappointed in how they talked about me like I was some kind of merchandise or currency. It would take some convincing to get me to return but I don't have any problems with the people running Real now.'

August 2010:

'With all due respect to Turkish football, I'm not going to play there right now.'

August 2010:

'In Milan I feel like I'm at home. The 'rossoneri' has Brazilian blood.
You can understand why I'm pleased with the transfer.I prefer not to speak about City.'

September 2010:

'Neither Hughes nor Mancini understood me. Perhaps they only believed in the sporting side of things...I am a special footballer and I need to be happy when I'm playing. That was the case at Real Madrid but never at City. Perhaps I should never have left Real Madrid...England is a hard country and I had problems adapting.

'Manchester is a sensational venue for football but an awful place to live...the winter, the cold and the dark nights.

'The best stadiums are Anfield and Old Trafford because of their histories, and my best memories will be my first goal for City and how happy everyone was with me, and the support City fans gave me during my stay.'

September 2010:

"People spoke about jealousy towards Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor but that was not the case. I always offered my best on the field but Mancini didn't seem to feel that I did."

Robinho made 48 League and Cup appearances for City and scored 15 goals.

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The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 6 2010

Time: 1:00PM

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You're missing the part where he said he didn't want to join City, he wanted to join Chelsea but Real Madrid were unwilling to do business and at the end he had no choice but to join Citeh.
Drog of War
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06/09/2010 13:22:00

Feel free to post it here mate. In fact, if you have any other classic Robinho-ism's, let's be having them!
Johnny Baguette
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06/09/2010 13:25:00

Can we move on from this spoilt brat?
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06/09/2010 13:41:00

DoW - just out of curiousity, do you believe he would have done any different if he had joined Chelsea? as in, do you believe he would still be at Chelsea now?
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06/09/2010 13:43:00

From his comments about weather, being loved, nice cities etc it's clear he sees football as a hobby and not a job and as such will never really amount to much on or off the pitch bar the odd good move. He is probably the least professional footballer and immature young man i've ever witnessed. My 9 year old son thinks he is pathetic! Well done Robinho.
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06/09/2010 15:06:00

great post JB! must have spent ages digging these up!!! He is a great player but rediculously unstable. No wonder he and Ireland linked up so well on the pitch XD
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06/09/2010 15:08:00

We've kept a Robinho file on tap ever since Tenerifegate, 8th! My personal favourite is the Barcelona PLEASE come and get me one. Bad news for him. Milan gets a bit nippy in the winter to say the least and the nights are well, dark. He'll be bricking it when he finds out.
Johnny Baguette
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06/09/2010 16:12:00

"In Brazil if you are a forward, the coach sends you on to the pitch just to run" Welcome to the wonderful world of tactical football AKA Serie A. His Milanese soujourn is going to end in tears - you didn't hear it here first! LOL
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06/09/2010 17:03:00

Blaming the weather is just admitting you're 5h1t and can't cut it.
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06/09/2010 19:00:00

HE is a ''Superstar'' Wannabe but comes up well short, his attitude stinks, he has a chip on his shoulder the size of a potato field, and cant play in bad weather, rain or snow makes Robinho a NO SHOW, Good luck Milan you will need it.....
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06/09/2010 21:20:00

I love it when you and I are in total agreement Famous! :-)
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06/09/2010 21:28:00

He is a tricky little fellow both in words and mentality. Or should I just say, spoilt, sullen and overly self obsessed.
SFC Forever
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06/09/2010 23:41:00

Never has a player's goal celebration been more fitting - the sight of Robbinho sucking his thumb on the pitch perfectly describes the "man" off the pitch
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07/09/2010 08:35:00

Great article, thanks! Was there not a quote about him thinking he'd joined United after he'd signed for City?? Either way, your club are well rid of him, he gave the place a "Galacticos" image rather than a serious footballing one
The Horses Mouth
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07/09/2010 16:33:00

I don't believe there was any truth to that THM, apparently his mother said something along them lines and it was misconstrued by the tabloids, that led to the sheeple bleating it ad nauseam until it became popular belief.
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07/09/2010 19:03:00

Should of ammounted too so much more. Oh well. Dont think you will do too badly without him
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08/09/2010 13:52:00

what a complete twit - the rossoneri has brazlian blood? what? he couldnt handle one of Italy's most successful managers? What is he expecting?
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08/09/2010 15:24:00


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