LB presents the Full Story of a Football Legend best known by the Nickname; ‘King of Dribble’. Our Robinho Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings to you full account of notable events from his childhood time till date. Analysis involves his life story before fame, family life and many little known facts about him.
Yes, everyone knows about his play making abilities but only few fans considers Robinho biography story which is quite interesting. Now without further adieu, lets begin.
Robinho Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts:Early Life
Robson de Souza AKA Robinho was born on the 25th day of January in 1984 in São Vicente, São Paulo, Brazil by Marina da Silva Souza (mother), a caterer and Gilvan de Souza (father), a former sales man, currently an agent.
He started out playing football on the slum streets of Sao Vicente, a satellite town of Santos in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was the only kid in his neighborhood that excelled much in the game.
He later progressed into playing indoor footy games in his hometown. Young Robinho was a point man and the leader of his team.
In one season, he scored an amazing 73 goals. We present to you a some of his highlights as a child which led him to be a fan’s favorite.
He continued playing indoor samba football until he signed his first professional contract with Santos FC in 2002 at the age of 18.
He made 108 appearances and scored 47 goals for the club. His performances led him to Real Madrid where he was given the number 10 shirt for previously worn by Luís Figo. The Rest, as they say, is now history.
Robinho Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts:Family Life
As stated earlier, Robinho came from a poor family background. Gilvan de Souza pictured below is the father of Robinho. He was a former sales man who turned to an agent, all thanks to his son’s career.
He is someone who loves loyalty and often faults his son for not giving much loyalty to clubs he has played for. His son, on the other hand makes fun of everything he says about loyalty. According to Gulvan de Souza, “There is no such thing as wanting. Contracts have to be respected.”
MOTHER: Robinho’s mum, Marina da Silva Souza is a Caterer by profession. She is currently 56 years as at time of writing while her son, 33 (23 years gap). Both mother and son are very close.
In November 2004, Robinho’s mother, Marina da Silva Souza was kidnapped at gunpoint. She was preparing a barbecue with friends in Praia Grande, a working class area 45 miles from Sao Paulo, when gunmen burst into the house and bundled her into the boot of her car.
Robinho upon hearing accepted the kidnapping threat as a hazard of his work. Friends said Robinho had been put on alert about the dangers of his high profile and had bodygards. However, his mother, had ignored advice about precautions.
At first, the kidnappers hesitated to contact. When they finally did, they demanded for £86,000 pounds which was instantly paid.
When Marina da Silva Souza was released by his kidnappers, her husband Carlos described the incident as “no big deal … the kind of thing that happens these days in Argentina.”
Without doubt, having a high profile and great wealth made Robinho’s family a target.
Robinho Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts:Relationship Life
In 2009, Robinho married Vivian Guglielminetti, his childhood sweetheart and Brazilian home maker who he has dated since his childhood. They saw each other for 12 years before eventually tying the knot.
Robinho was surprised to see scouts and a star-studded collection of Brazil stars at the ceremony. After pulling some trademark silly face during the ceremony, he said: ‘I am very excited. The party was exactly as we dreamed. Now it’s time to drink and celebrate with my friends!’
After his wedding, he tried to escape. Robinho is held back while being mobbed by journalists.
The couple have two sons, Robson Jr., who was born on 17 December 2007 (19 months before their marriage) in Santos, and Gianluca, who was born on 20 April 2011 in São Paulo.
Robinho Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts:Why he forced his wedding thru
Robinho faced a difficult time with ladies at England which led him to force his wedding thru. Before his wedding, he was once arrested after being accused of serious sexual assault over an alleged incident in a Leeds nightclub.
However, he denied any wrongdoing and was told he would not face any charges following a police investigation.
He also faced other notorious incident in Brazil when he, among other Brazil internationals, partied until five in the morning in Rio’s Catwalk Club, where he is said to have emerged to ask minders to pop to the chemists for a box of 40 contraceptives. He forced himself to get married or risk losing his longtime girlfriend after observing he was risking his relationship.
Robinho Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts:A Mentor to Neymar
Yes, for at least half of his life, it was actually a big deal for Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior to be in someone else’s photograph.
Although, from the look on Neymar’s face, you would think this was all a bit of a nuisance.
In case if you are wondering, that is former Brazil star Robinho cheesing next to him. Oh, how times have changed. Robinho once followed Pele to advised Neymar never to join Chelsea FC. It happened at a time Neymar was crazy about joining the club thanks to their Champions League dominance over Barcelona.
Robinho Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts:Once a Friend to Pele
Pele was such a great friend and mentor to Robinho until the unfortunate happened between their friendship. (read below)
THE FALL OUT: The former Manchester City forward Robinho once demanded a formal apology from Pele after the Brazil legend reportedly claimed he had taken drugs. The comments by Pele caused a sensation in Brazil. It left Robinho bemused and disappointed at someone he once referred to as a mentor. Someone who seems to have forgotten the great idol he was. “It appears Pele must be reading sensationalist media, to come up with such wrongful statement.” Robinho said.
He demanded a formal retraction from Pele from his official website. According to Robinho, “If Pele does not come forward to retract his comment, I will have to deal with his very unfortunate comment in court.”
Robinho Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts:The Chelsea Snub
Robinho had previously been linked with a transfer to Chelsea, and he had emphasized his desire to play for the London club up to the eve of the transfer. On 27 August, Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said that the club were “confident” that the transaction would go through, and Madrid had also given their consent for the player to leave. Robinho’s expectancy to move to Chelsea was such that upon signing for Manchester City he accidentally stated, “On the last day, Chelsea made a great proposal and I accepted.” To this comment, a reporter then replied, “You mean Manchester, right?” “Yeah, Manchester, sorry!” answered Robinho.
In an interview with The Guardian, Robinho stated that Manchester City being a big club and the presence of Brazilian friends Jô and Elano were incentives for him to join the team.
Robinho Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts:Final Football Moments
On 16 July 2015, Robinho signed a six-month contract with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, managed by compatriot Luiz Felipe Scolari and linking up with his international teammate Paulinho. On 23 July 2015, he made his unofficial debut for Guangzhou in an international friendly against Bayern Munich. He won the Chinese Super League in the 2015 season.
On 1 February 2016, Robinho became a free agent after his contract expired with Guangzhou. On 11 February 2016, Robinho signed a two-year contract with Atlético Mineiro.
Robinho Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts:What he is remembered for
- He is remembered for his quick, creative, agile and technical abilities.
- He is remembered for his flair, ball control, attacking instinct and dribbling skills.
- He is remembered for his use of tricks and feints, such as the step over and the flip flap, due to his quick feet.
- He is remembered for his precocious performances and ability on the ball which drew comparisons with compatriot Pelé in his youth.
- He is remembered for his free role ability. One of the few players capable of playing several offensive positions, including wings.
- He is remembered for his role as supporting forward or as a main striker, and even as an attacking midfielder on occasion.
- He is remembered for his tendency to get involved in the buildup of his teams’ attacking plays, as well as his capacity to both score and create goals.
- He is remembered for his poor work-rate, lack of tactical discipline, and slender physique which often leads him to go to ground easily.
- He is remembered for the talent he demonstrated in his youth.
- He is remembered for the inconsistency in his career. He has been accused by some in the sport of failing to live up to his potential.
- He is remembered as someone who was once hailed as Pele’s successor. Robinho became big disappointment to most of his fans and football lovers.
Without doubt, Robinho remains a football legend and a BONAFIDE MEMBER OF OUR LIST OF CLASSIC FOOTBALLERS.