Former Real Madrid and Brazil star Robinho says it is an honour to return back to where it all started, his boyhood club Santos, which “made it all possible” for him to fulfil his dream of playing professional football.
Robinho signed a five-month contract two months after becoming a free agent, following his exit from Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.
It will be the 36-year-old’s fourth stint at Santos, a club he left to join Madrid as a 21-year-old rising star before spells with English Premier League (EPL) side Manchester City and Italian giants AC Milan.
“It has always been my home here. My goal is to help on and off the field, and make Santos FC return to the highest place, which is where I should never have left,” he said.
“Wonderful feeling of being able to return to the club that designed me for football. This is where I grew up. I always dreamed of being a player and Santos FC made it all possible,” added Robinho.
The Brazilian international won two editions of the Brazilian Championship (2002 and 2004), two from São Paulo (2010 and 2015) and a Copa do Brazil (2010) for the club. He also clinched league titles with Madrid and Milan as well as earned 100 caps for Brazil, winning the Copa America and the Confederations Cup.
“Santos FC is going through a difficult financial time. So, this is the time for those who can do something. I want to help the club that always gave me everything. Santos FC has already done a lot for me and this return is still little.
“I will play for a minimum wage, but the most important thing is to be here. I am well physically and mentally, obviously there is still a little bit of rhythm, but that over time we will gradually evolve,” concluded Robinho.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi