Ex-Brazilian international player Robinho is without a club after his contract with Brazilian Serie A giants Santos was cancelled. The 36-year-old forward had earlier joined Santos for a third spell on October 10, 2020 but his stay at the club didn’t last more than six days due to the eyebrows raised by his signing. Initially, he signed a contract until February 2021 with the option for an extension until December 2022.
His signing prompted criticisms from the Brazilian public and even led to the termination of the club’s contract with one of the sponsors. Robinho has a sexual assault case to answer in Italy. His first spell at Santos started in 2002 shortly after signing his first professional contract as a teenager. In his first spell at Santos, Robinho scored 65 goals in 138 games in the Brazilian Serie A as he helped his team to two league titles in 2002 and 2004.
His second Santos spell came in 2010 when he joined on loan from Premier League giants Manchester City during the second half of the 2009/10 campaign. During that spell, Robinho netted five goals in 14 league outings. Apart from Santos and Manchester City, the ex-Brazilian national team attacker also featured for Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid, seven-time European champions AC Milan, Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League and Brazilian top flight team Atletico Mineiro.
Robinho spent last season at Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey and he was instrumental to their title win. Istanbul Basaksehir won the league title for the first time in the history of the club. He scored four goals in 32 appearances in the league as Istanbul Basaksehir won the Turkish Super League ahead of more illustrious teams like Galatasaray and Fenerbahce. From 2003 to 2017, Robinho made 100 appearances for the Selecao netting 28 goals in the process. He won two Confederations Cup titles with Brazil in 2005 and 2009 in addition to the 2007 Copa America title.