'He is the best. He reminds me of me,' says Pele
Monday 01 August 2005
Robinho's cheeky dribbling skills and similar physique inevitably led to comparisons with Pele. One opponent accused the youngster of overusing his trademark stepovers (or "pedaladas") to provoke the dismissal of a defender during Santos's win over Gremio in December 2002.
"He could end up having his leg broken," said Gremio keeper Danrlei.
Robinho hit the headlines again last November when his mother was abducted by two armed men at a barbecue in Santos. The player was out of action until the 40-day ordeal was over, but he returned to help Santos clinch their second Brazilian championship in three years.
Asked about Robinho in a recent interview Pele said: "He is already the best player in Brazil and he has all the qualities needed to be one of the best in the world." Real are confident the great man is right.
Latest in Sport
Danny Ings: Liverpool target wanted by Borussia Monchengladbach... who could get Burnley striker for just £260,000
Humiliated Brazil look to continue recovery at Arsenal
Marco Reus vs Theo Walcott: Which is the better option for Arsenal?
England vs Lithuania match report: Harry Kane fires in first Three Lions goal just 78 seconds into debut to put icing on the cake
'God, she's beautiful': Embarrassment for basketball player Nigel Hayes after microphone picks up comment about female reporter
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
- 5 Zayn Malik quits One Direction: Hundreds of workers request compassionate leave following band member's exit