9 Ocak 2009 Cuma


I have to admit, when I saw Robinho for the first time, when Real Madrid bought him, he didn't look like much. His small frame and lack of physical strength didn't recommend him as a great soccer player, but Robinho soon proved me wrong.

His lightning fast reflexes and agility, his dribbles and his ability to score in decisive moments reminded me of Ronaldo during his FC Barcelona season. Actually Robinho came to Europe as a "Second Ronaldo" and although he has yet to proven his worth for this name, his skills recommend him as a future "El Phenomeno". But let's take a look at how the Brazilian managed to get himself to Real Madrid in this short Robinho biography.

Like most Brazilian Soccer Players, Robinho doesn't come from a wealthy family, in fact he was raised in a very poor neighborhood of Sao Vicente. Lacking any training facilities in the area, Robinho learnt how to play soccer on the streets, with his neighborhood kids at an early age.

His first move to professionalism was in 1990, when Robinho was 6 years old and was signed to a local soccer school called Beira-Mar, with which Robinho managed to win the youth championship, putting the spotlight on him for the first time.
Robinho and one of his younger teammates Marcelo, were so closely resembling each other that they were often called "the twins". Little did they know they would soon be teammates again in a few years...at Real Madrid.

After trying his luck in futsal, where he was extremely prolific and managed to chisel his dribbling and acceleration traits, Robinho was spotted by the youth scouts of Santos, one of the most important clubs in Brazil. At just 13 years of age, Robinho was already regarded as a future talent, some even comparing him to Ronaldo, who at that time (1996-1997) was rampant throughout Europe.

After 6 years spent in the different youth departments of Santos, Robinho was finally taken to the senior team His first season with Santos was already extremely successful, as Robinho played in 24 games, scoring 9 times and assisting for many other goals.

He held the headline of Brazilian (and international) newspapers after a game, where he did 6 step-overs in a matter of seconds, confusing his opponents so much that they had to foul him and award Santos with a penalty. He also won the title with Santos that year, getting the first taste of success as a professional soccer player.

The next three seasons at Santos saw Robinho earning a solid place in the first team as he managed to score 47 times in 106 matches, attracting the appetite of Real Madrid's scouts, who are always hungry for fresh young talents.

Robinho was brought on as a talented player for the future of Real, since no one really believed he could win a first squad spot in a team that features strikers such as Raul,Ronaldo, Antonio Cassano or Ruud Van Nistelrooy. He did get his chance however, but he only managed to score 9 times in over 30 games for Real in his first season, which was a little under what the exigent Real crowd expected.

Nevertheless, with Ronaldo leaving for Milan in the winter of 2007, Casssano being in a constant conflict with Real's managers & with Raul being re-positioned into a midfielder, Robinho earned a first team spot & he is now one of Real's first team regulars.

Many consider that Robinho still needs one more season to settle in and play at his full potential and this remark is backed up by his awesome performances for Brazil soccer team, being one of the key players in Dunga's squad at the moment.

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