Brazilian forward credits Zlatan Ibrahimovic with ending his Man City misery

Kavan Flavius
90Min
​A little over 10 years ago, Robinho was thought to be the next big thing out of Brazil. The forward was constantly compared to Pele, and it was predicted that he would have a very bright future. His form at Santos earned him a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2005, but by 2008, he found himself at Manchester City. City, back then, weren't the City we know today. The club were only just on the brink of a new era, having undergone a recent takeover at the hands of their oil-rich owners,...

A little over 10 years ago, Robinho was thought to be the next big thing out of Brazil.

The forward was constantly compared to Pele, and it was predicted that he would have a very bright future.

His form at Santos earned him a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2005, but by 2008, he found himself at Manchester City.


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City, back then, weren't the City we know today.

The club were only just on the brink of a new era, having undergone a recent takeover at the hands of their oil-rich owners, and made the Brazilian their first big signing, parting with £32.5m to steal him from under Chelsea's nose.

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So surprising was the move, that Robinho himself thought he had signed for the Blues.

"On the last day, Chelsea made a great proposal and I accepted," he said to a reporter. 

The amused journo shot back: "You mean Manchester, right?". "Yeah, Manchester, sorry!" Robinho quickly replied.


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The embarrassing blunder seemed to have cast a blight on the player, and his time at the Etihad was not very successful. 

And Robinho has since revealed that if it wasn't for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he could have been stuck there a while longer.

Asked for his best Zlatan story by FourFourTwo, the 33-year-old said: "Milan's former president Adriano Galliani told me that it was Zlatan who recommended they sign me.

"He had respect from the board, having just signed there from Barca, which was when Galliani told him there was the chance of also getting me, too.

"According to Galliani, Zlatan then said, 'go and bring him, he’s a phenomenon, we're going to work well together and score the goals the team needs'.


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"He used to joke with me, saying, 'you are here today because of me."

Things did work out for the pair.

They helped Milan win the Serie A title and Coppa Italia that season, but have since gone their separate ways, with the Swede still banging them in for Manchester United and Robinho back in his homeland with Atletico Mineiro.


Kavan Flavius is a regular contributor to the Official Chelsea Guest Fan Blog, find him on Twitter@KavanFlavius.



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