Robinho has revealed all on his hellish experience at Manchester City that involved a series of bust-ups and failed promises
The Brazilian forward stunned the football world in the final day of the 2008 summer transfer window by completing a €43m move from Real Madrid to City on the same day that the club had been taken over by the Arab investment company Abu Dhabi United Group.
Robinho would finish his debut season as City’s top goalscorer with 14 and the fourth top scorer in the league.
But the 34-year-old’s relationship with the club soon deteriorated with fellow forward Craig Bellamy revealing that they had a falling out in his autobiography.
“I had a fight with him once, but then who at City didn’t? Some other players had problems with Bellamy, too; he was very explosive,” Robinho told FourFourTwo.
“In one game we played against Arsenal, I didn’t have a great first half so he started yelling at me in English when we got back to the dressing room at half-time.
“I didn’t understand it, but from the little I could work out, I could tell he wasn’t saying nice things.
“Glauber then helped me by pushing him away, and he quickly calmed down. I had just come back from a marathon of a journey to play for Brazil and I was feeling very tired. But it was OK, and he came to me the next day and asked me to forgive him.”
#OnThisDay in 2008: @ManCity signed Robinho from @realmadrid for £32.5m, after the club were bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group. He scored 14 PL goals in 41 PL games for City. #MCFC ???. pic.twitter.com/RQUMBi88bx
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Robinho also revealed that he had been forced into going to the Etihad Stadium by Real Madrid.
Then-City manager Mark Hughes accused Robinho of going AWOL after skipping their training sessions at a camp in Tenerife for a holiday in Rio de Janeiro.
“The truth is that [Hughes] didn’t honour his word to me. When I arrived at City, I hadn’t had any vacation time and he promised me he’d give me one week to get some rest,” revealed Robinho.
“I believed what he told me. So when we travelled to Tenerife, I went to him and said, ‘Mister, can I have my vacation now?’ He said, ‘OK’. I packed my things, let the club know that I was leaving and enjoyed a week back home, because he had allowed me to go – he had given me his word.”
Robinho managed just 16 goals in 53 games for City before being sold to AC Milan in 2010.
The 34-year-old now plays for Turkish club Sivasspor after further spells with boyhood club Santos, Guangzhou Evergrande and Atlético Mineiro.