After watching Robinho and Real Madrid play their first competitive match of the season, my opinion on whether Madrid should give some thought on letting Robinho go has changed a little.
Real Madrid lost to Valencia 3-2 during the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Robinho, who wants to move to a different club after being used as a pawn by Ramon Calderon this summer, was a non-factor in the loss. The excitement, flair, charisma, creativity, and samba skills normally associated with the likes of Robinho was nowhere to be found that night.
It seemed like he was visibly depressed and unattached to the game. Which was somewhat contrasting to what Robinho's coach and teammates have said in recent interviews.
For those of you who have read my comments regarding Robinho and Real Madrid, you know that I'm a strong advocate of keeping Robinho. I am one of his biggest fans and I would love to see him play in Madrid for many years.
After reading all the rumors this summer, I was still hoping that Madrid keep Robinho. But after watching him play a competitive match for the first time this season, I've started to believe that he truly doesn't want to be in Madrid anymore.
After Robben came on for Robinho, the offense came to life which resulted in a goal. Robben's pace down the left wing started the attack, and his cross found his Dutch teammate Ruud to equalize the score at 2-2. Eventually Valencia would take the lead in the 80th minute with a goal by another winger in Vicente.
Normally you can't judge a players performance with one game. But if Robinho's performance is a foreshadow of what to expect this season, this can only lead to heartbreak for the team, the fans, and Robinho.
I would rather see a player of Robinho's caliber play for a different team than watch him play with a weight on his shoulders. This can only hinder what Robinho can really do as I believe we have not really seen all that he has to offer.
Hopefully if he is still a Madrid player by next week's return leg in the Bernabeu, we will see the "Real" Robinho and ease the minds of certain fans like me. If not, I might be looking at a long and arduous season without my favorite player emotionally or physically.