Robinho: ‘No-one would want to play for Manchester City if I hadn’t joined them’

Rob, doing a dance. As per


Jinking midget Robinho has proudly declared that none of Manchester City‘s biggest stars would have even considered signing for club had he not hopped on aboard the petrodollar gravy train first.

Speaking to Eurosport, the £32m flop also admitted he struggled to adapt to the directness of the English game, but claimed to hold no hard feelings against beleaguered coach Roberto Mancini, despite the Italian shipping him out on loan to Santos.

The Brazilian forward spake thusly:

English football is difficult. It’s not easy to adapt to it. In English football it’s not the whole team playing, touching the ball in the Brazilian way.

Mancini is an excellent coach. I never had any problem with him. He was always a good coach, and always respected me, and I always respected him. The problem is that English football is not an easy game for me.

Wait, so we’re in the year 2010 and this 26-year-old international superstar is only just coming to terms with the idea Brazilian football and English football are a teensy bit different? Jesus wept.

Anyway, he went on:

You have to demonstrate your value on the pitch. I don’t feel a better or a worse player because I was the most expensive.

I believe it was good for me and for City, because I opened the doors for other big players to come to City. Maybe if I hadn’t signed there, no other big player would have signed there. I was the first of the big players present in this club. So it was good.

What do you reckon? Had Robinho not rocked up as the posterboy of the MiddleEastlands revolution, would City still be jizzing obscene amounts of cash on the Lescotts and Barrys of this world instead of the Y.Toures and Silvas?

9 responses so far
  • Dan // December 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    As a city fan I actually think there is some truth in this. Not clear cut by any stretch, but he was the signing that showed we could take big name players who were also wanted by other top teams (in this case Chelsea).

  • em k // December 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    No-one would join City if he hadn’t gone there?

    Robinho IS Sheikh Mansour???!!!

  • Mick // December 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    How can you your own twisted statement in quotation marks as if it is what Robinho said. what he actually said “he opened the door to other big players” is fair enough.
    More anti-City poor quality jounalism.

  • Ant // December 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    whilst i would probably agree he did ‘open the door’ as the first massive signing, if we hadnt got robinho, it would have been somebody else. i would suggest having a manager with a proven track record at the top level has had something to do with it also.

  • Dazinho // December 9, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    @Ant – who would that be?

  • Josie // December 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    LOL! It had little to do with him and more to do with pile of dough that is at the club. He just happened to be the first high-profile recruited.

  • Vic // December 10, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Fair enough, I’d say.

  • Soccer Mom // December 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Robinho is just the first big name signing…

    Players like Carlos Tevez can hold the fort on his own and he could care less if Robinho is there.

    Money and Sheikh Mansour’s ambition are crucial.

  • razzaq // December 13, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Commom… this celeb lad is just voice out his opnion. very fair compare his ego status.

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