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 Premier League players Jo said the size of the players in the league surprised him when he moved to Manchester City from Corinthians in 2008.

The Selecao star said it was not easy for him and compatriot Robinho who moved from Real Madrid.

Jo revealed that Robinho was “terrified” when he had to play Portsmouth. The Brazilian star had scored on his debut against Chelsea but he was awed by the size of players he was to face that day. Players like Sylvain Distin, Sol Campbell, Peter Crouch and the rest.

“’Jo, what the hell, are we going to play; football or rugby? Look at the size of these guys!’ I laughed and said: Robinho, welcome to the Premier League. And it gets worse!” Jo said.

The game subsequently ended in City’s favour 6:0. Robinho even scored a goal and had three assists. Robinho agreed to the move to the Etihad around the takeover by Sheikh Mansour. Jo had moved for club record of £20 million but Robinho costs £12.5 million more. However, both players did not last long as they failed to live up to the hype. Read More


Robinho was reportedly offered to the English Premier League 2015/17 Champions Leicester City during the final days of the transfer window in January, but the football club was discouraged to employ the forward taking into consideration his high wage demand.

He ended up floating after his contract with Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrandecame to an end.

The former Brazil internationalwas said to be keen on a return to the Premier League where he left in 2010. The Daily Mail reported that both Swansea City and Leicester City were contacted as to if a deal could be sealed on the attacker.

Swansea City who was struggling not to be relegated last season was unlikely to significantly increase their wage bill in case they ended up in the Championship.

Leicester City riding high on the table with narrow winningswere not ready to tamper with their wage structure amid the possibility of getting the English Premier League which they eventually did.

Leicester City rather went for Daniel Amartey and Demarai Gray from FC Copenhagen and Birmingham respectively in a combined £8m outlay, with ZoumanaBakayogo, AlieSesay and Harry Panayiotou, NgoloKante, Andrej Kramaric and Tom Lawrence all offloaded to different teams. Read More


Former Real Madrid forward Robinho has revealed that he had the chance to move to the Nou Camp but he rejected the move to play at the Santiago Bernebau.

The player claimed it was a tough decision for him to reject Barcelona then as he preferred Los Merengues over Los Blancos clearly.

“It may seem like a difficult choice, but it wasn’t. Real Madrid was the team that showed more interest in me. Both of them are great clubs that have fans all around the word, but when Madrid came in for me, I saw they had a large Brazilian group in their squad and the coaching staff was also from Brazil. When you put all this together, why would I move to Barcelona,” Robinho said.

Robinho went on to be a remarkable force at the Spanish club though he never matched the levels of his compatriot Ronaldinho at Barcelona. 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