Anointed by Pele himself as the next true great of the game when he was just 15, Robson de Souza's career has been something of a letdown.
There have been trophies, of course. And each season has seen the occasional stroke of genius. But the teenager who played so spectacularly for Santos FC and was so instrumental in the Brazilian club winning their first championship since Pele's time, never really became what he promised to be.
Real Madrid was so-so. Manchester City was much the same. His first season saw almost a goal every two games, but for a talent such as his, it seemed insufficient. A return home to Santos brought little, either, before an €18 million move to AC Milan revived his career and offered some chance of greatness.
No doubt, he was instrumental in the 2010-11 Scudetto success at Milan. But since then, his star has faded, and now nearing 30, there's little to suggest the best is yet to come from Robinho.