Robson de Souza, better known by his nickname Robinho, is a Brazilian footballer. 'Real Madrid,' 'Manchester City,' and 'A.C. Milan' are among the professional football clubs for which he has played. Robinho began playing football at an early age and was discovered by Pele, a Brazilian icon, who signed him to his first professional contract. Robinho began his career at 'Santos FC' before signing a contract with the Spanish club 'Real Madrid' in 2005. He spent more than two years with 'Real Madrid,' winning two titles before joining 'Manchester City' in 2008. He began playing for 'A.C. Milan' in 2010 and won the renowned 'Italian Serie A' title. He played in the 'Chinese Super League' in 2015 and helped his side win the competition. He signed a two-year contract with the Brazilian football team 'Atletico Mineiro' the following year. Robinho has participated in two 'FIFA World Cups' as an international footballer. While playing for his national football team, he has also won two FIFA Confederations Cups and a Copa America trophy. In 2018, he signed a contract with 'Sivasspor,' a Turkish club.

Childhood and Adolescence

Robson de Souza was born in Sao Vicente, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 1984. Marina da Silva Souza and Gilvan de Souza, his parents, raised him. His mother works as a caterer, and his father, a former salesperson, now works as Robinho's professional agent.

Robinho has had a passion for football since he was a child. At an early age, he rose to the top of his indoor football squad, scoring 73 goals in his first season.

When he was just 15 years old, he drew the notice of Brazilian legend Pele. Pele aided him in securing a contract with 'Santos FC,' as well as naming him his successor apparent. Robinho debuted for the club's senior team when he was barely 18 years old.

Early on in your career

Robinho made his debut in the famed Brazilian league 'Campeonato Brasileiro' with 'Santos FC.' In the end, his club took first place in the league.

He appeared in 108 games for the club, scoring 47 goals. Many European clubs were impressed by his performance at the club.

Even though his play had slowed during the season, he was signed by the Spanish behemoth 'Real Madrid' in 2005.


During his debut season at 'Real Madrid,' Robinho made 37 appearances and scored 14 goals. Robinho's third league championship helped his team achieve its 30th 'La Liga' title.

He had 11 goals and eight assists in the 2007-08 'La Liga' season. While representing his team in the 'Champions League,' he added four more goals to his tally. He was then injured and unable to play for some time. During his time at 'Real Madrid,' Robinho became the club's third-highest scorer.

After a misunderstanding surrounding 'Real Madrid's desire to get Cristiano Ronaldo into the team, Robinho rejected the club's new contract and moved on to another club in 2008.

In September 2008, he signed a four-year contract with 'Manchester City and made his debut against 'Chelsea'. He scored a goal and helped the side to a 3-1 victory over 'Chelsea.'

He scored his first hat-trick in the 'Premiere League' on October 26, 2008, against 'Stoke City.' He scored a goal in his club's 3-2 triumph over 'FC Twente' in a UEFA Cup group stage match in November 2008.

Robinho concluded the season as the top goal scorer for 'Manchester City,' with a total of 14 goals. He also finished the season as the league's fourth-leading scorer. Due to an injury, he was unable to participate for three months in the second season, but he still managed to play in 12 games.

He was unable to perform regularly for 'Manchester City' due to his injury and returned to his hometown club 'Santos' on a six-month loan contract in 2010. After that, he assisted 'Santos' in winning the 'Copa Brasil.'

Robinho declared at the end of his loan that he would rather stay with 'Santos' than return to 'Manchester City.' However, his loan arrangement with the English club was not extended, and he was forced to return to England. He began his training with 'Manchester City' in August 2010, but left after a month to join another team.

Robinho signed a four-year contract with A.C. Milan on August 31, 2010. He made his debut as a substitute in a 2-0 loss, but he quickly scored his first goal for the club in a 3-1 win over 'A.C. ChievoVerona.'

He helped his team win the 'Supercoppa Italiana' during the 2011-12 'Serie A' season. During the 'Serie A' campaign, he scored 11 goals and helped 'Milan' finish in second place.

Robinho was injured in his debut encounter against 'Sampdoria,' and then he was injured again during a training session. In a game against 'Malaga,' he made a comeback as a replacement, but the game ended in a draw.

On November 25, 2012, he scored a goal against 'Juventus.' He signed a new deal with 'Milan' on July 18, 2013. He scored the first goal of the 'Champions League' against 'Barcelona' on October 22, 2013. He did, however, develop a groin strain as a result of the battle.

Throughout the season, he was troubled with ailments. Despite his injuries, he managed to score a goal in the team's 'Coppa Italia' campaign against 'Spezia Calcio.' In 2014, he returned to 'Santos' after securing a one-year loan agreement.

He scored a goal against 'Londrina' in the 'Copa do Brazil' championship after his return. After that, he scored again against 'Gremio.'

On September 21, he scored his final goal of the season for 'Santos' against 'Figueirense FC.' He then canceled all of his obligations before signing a six-month contract with 'Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao' of the 'Chinese Super League' in 2016.

He signed a two-year contract with 'Atletico Mineiro' on February 11. He scored 25 goals for 'Atletico Mineiro' during his time there, making him Brazil's top scorer in 2016.

Robinho represented Brazil in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Germany. After that, he played for Brazil in the 2007 Copa America, which Brazil won after defeating Argentina. In 2009, he helped Brazil win the 'Confederations Cup,' which his side won after defeating the United States.

Achievements & Awards

Robinho was a finalist for the 'Ballon d'Or' and garnered numerous nominations for the 'FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008.

Personal Experiences

In 2004, Robinho's mother was kidnapped for a ransom and released six weeks later when the ransom was paid. He married Vivian Guglielminetti in 2009. Robinho and Vivian have two kids, Robson Jr. and Gianluca, who are their pride and joy.

Robinho was sentenced to nine years in jail by an Italian court on November 23, 2017, after being found guilty of sexually abusing a 22-year-old Albanian woman. He was in Brazil at the time of his sentencing, and Brazilian law prohibits citizens from being extradited to another country.