Robinho’s Transfer Kicked off the Transfer Frenzy, says Former City Player Acquisition Head

Former Manchester City player acquisition head Mike Rigg says that the era of inflated transfer fees began with Robinho’s move to the Etihad stadium in 2008.

Up until then, the transfer fees for players were relatively low with the best players costing in the region of £ 25 million. Zidane held the world record with his £ 45 million move from Juventus to Real Madrid, but this stood for several years. Now, the world record transfer fee has been broken with alarming consistency. Last year, it was the turn of Manchester United to break the record with the signing of Paul Pogba for £ 90 million while PSG have taken the figure to an astronomical sum after signing Neymar from Barcelona for € 222 million.

Rigg believes thatRobinho’s £ 32 million move to Manchester City in the summer of 2008 started a huge a cycle of expenditure, which even saw the introduction of the financial fair play regulations from UEFA. Upon the introduction of strict rules with regard to expenditure, there was a slow pace in the movement of the transfer fees. Read More


Former Manchester City forward Robinho has revealed that he would joined Premier League giants Chelsea FC if not that the Blues were already selling shirts with his name before the deal with his then club Real Madrid was announced.

The Brazilian was set to move to Stamford Bridge before Man City, backed by Arab money, swooped in to sign the player for a record £32.5 million.

Then Chelsea manager Luis Felipe Scolari, also called Big Phil, was fuming at the actions of the Spanish side as they sold the player to the then new kids on the block.

“My goal was to move to Chelsea – Big Phil said I could make the difference for him as his squad, according to him, was not creative enough. But Real Madrid has fallen out with Chelsea – they didn’t like them selling shirts with my name on before the deal had been done.

“I’m pretty sure that this error was one of the main reasons why the transfer failed, as it was a matter of pride for Real Madrid,” Robinho revealed. Read More


Barcelona forward Neymar led a team tat defeated Robinho’s team in a Chapecoense charity match 13-9 on Thursday.

The Brazilian skipper was brilliant, netting four goals in the charity match.

AC Milan legend Kaka was present, including Manchester City latest addition Gabriel Jesus and Luan. Other top celebrities in Brazil, TV and Music, were present in the affair that sought to generate funds for the team that lost most of its crew and players through an ill-fated plan crash last month. Read More