Is Robinho overrated? 271

Is Robinho overrated? A star in his own mind?

Gossip on the Street:-

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that striker Robinho is looking to return to Brazil. Sao Paulo, Flamengo and Santos have all shown interest in bringing Robinho home, although the 10m Euro price tag, which Allegri is insisting on, may get in the way.

Is Robinho overrated?

Is Robinho overrated?

Robinho the Brazilian and Milan star, is unsettled again in his current home in Milan and is looking for a move back to his native Brazil. For Robinho, the player who was once personally picked by Brazil legend Pelé as his heir apparent at Santos FC, things have not been all rosy.

After a bidding war and much fanfare, where he was hyped as the next great Brazilian player along the lines of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, he signed with Real Madrid in 2005 and became part of the “then” Galacticos.

However, his on-field performances at Real Madrid did not match the hype and after not meeting the grade with successive managers he was on the move.

This time in another much hyped move he was on the way to Manchester City, who had just been bought out by the Arab investment company Abu Dhabi United Group, and he was unveiled as their first big signing in their pursuit of global dominance.

However, his time at City and his adjustment to the English Premier League was not an easy one. He struggled to come to terms with the physicalness of the league and the demands placed upon him by then manager Mark Hughes. Through it all, his first season was something of a success, finishing as City’s top scorer with 14 goals and 4th in the EPL.

His second season at Manchester City did not go as well, where injuries and poor form kept him out of the line-up. He fell out with manager Mark Hughes and eventually went out on loan back to Santos in Brazil. In the summer of 2010, after two lukewarm years at Manchester City he was offloaded to AC Milan after turning down moves to

In his two years at Milan, things have been good but not great. He has not become the integral and essential part of the team the he has hopes of becoming.

Robinho’s European dream has not been the success that he would have hoped for and with this weeks news that he is looking for a move back to Brazil, his European adventure seems as though it is over.