Date of birth: 25.01.1984
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 60 kg
A so-called “new
Pele” appears in Brazil every year. Football journalists often give
this name to good, but not super-talented, footballers. Recently we
have an opportunity to watch a birth of a new football “miracle”.
And Pele himself has opened this “miracle”. In 1999 a great guru came
back to his dear Santos to be a couch for growing youth. During the
first day of his work he noticed a 15-years-old guy named ROBINHO.
After training Pele came to a boy and told he reminded him of himself in
his young years. And really, they physically resembled each other a lot
both swarthy, thin and with cheeky smiles, that throw into confusion.
Pele was very
glad to such a windfall. This teenager coped with a ball capitally.
Pele invited a boy’s father for the next training. A great player
worried that atmosphere a boy was brought up in can damage his
Brazil is the largest manufacturer of beef, sugar, coffee… and
professional footballers in the world. Young guys from all cities do
want to be footballers this dream is probably the most popular in
Brazil. Ability to play football is one of signs of their nationality.
But social inequality is also widespread in Brazil. Whereas middle class
earns money, comparable to European, the poorest groups are just leading
a beggarly life. Football is one of few ways to escape poverty for
millions of Brazilian boys. There’s also sad alternative crimes and
sale of drugs.
ROBINHO had to come through all these troubles. He was born in one of
the poorest district of the city. His father was a usual plumber, mother
a charwoman. His family had no money. His only passion was playing
with a ball since morning till night. ROBINHO managed to avoid traps of
poor Brazilian youth drugs and delinquency.
But let’s return to that training. Father came with his son the
following week. Pele was asking a boy’s father about his son’s behavior
at home and in school for a long. Soon the “Football King” had to change
his line, but his admonitions were not lost on them.
Three years later, being 18, Robin made his debut in Santos main team.
His team friend Diego and he became starts of the season. In 2002 this
couple leaded Santos to a champion's title in national Brazilian
championship… 20 years later. Diego showed his worth as a creative
half-back, but Robinho eclipsed everybody. Young forward managed to
score 9 goals in 29 matches.
He showed striking dribble and confused rival’s full-backs with almost
offensive ease. This footballer even had his own trick «pedalada».
ROBINHO was very nimble and playful, e real Brazilian style could be
observed in his behavior on field. Newspapers started calling this guy a
genius a talent, which is born once in a generation. According to a
season’s results, ROBINHO was called the best Brazilian “goal kicker”.
In 2004 ROBINHO “ exploded” 21 goals in 36 matches. His impetuous
ascent could be compared to a space flight. According to a season’s
results, press and fans made a fuss of him. In the end of 2004 a tragedy
took place in his family his mother was abducted. Two months later
Marina was found, they managed to get her back for ransom.
Recently in Germany Confederations Cup took place, where ROBINHO managed
to show his worth in an “adult” team and even play in final against
European grands Real, Chelsea, Milan, Bavaria, Liverpool and Barcelona
have been hunting for this guy all these years. Today ROBINHO’s dream is
to move to Europe. Clubs have just to fix up financial problems.
However, many fans consider ROBINHO is still not ready for Europe.
We can enumerate ROBINHO’s advantages as long as we can. We will just
note that this guy is one of the most “cunning” players in South
America. “Little Robin” has wonderful tactics, excellent dribble, quick
feet and splendid speed.
But there’re also minuses. Sometimes ROBINHO’s realization leaves much
to be desired. Moreover, there’s certain instability, forward has
recessions. But all this can be caused by his young age.