World Cup 2010 Predictions: Why We'll See the Best of Robinho in South Africa

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIJune 8, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02:  Robinho of Brasil in action during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Brazil played at Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Robinho is one of the superstars of this current Brazil squad, and is guaranteed to be in the starting XI if fit.

His ability is unquestioned, his attitude and work ethic...not so much.

For these reasons it is vital that the tricky winger is on top form throughout this World Cup campaign. Not just so he can help Brazil try and lift the famous trophy, but he is also playing for another reason.

He is playing for something else over the next month—his club future.

After being loaned back to Brazil with Santos in January, it is unlikely that his future lies with parent club Manchester City. Both parties would agree that they will be looking to part ways during the summer.

So this effectively gives Robinho the World Cup to showcase his talents to potential suitors within the big leagues of Europe.

According to reports, his agent is already hard at work offering his star man to the crème de la crème of Spain and Italy.

English football has been a tough experience for a player City paid £32 million for two seasons ago. The pace and physicality seemed to be too much for the little Brazilian. Games simply just seemed to pass him by.

The player himself has publicly admitted his desire to play for Barcelona, a dream so far at the moment you would think.

A move to Serie A may be the best option for the man famed for doing the step-over. The technical side of Italian football will play right into his style of play.

So where could Robinho end up come the end of the transfer window?


The player's preferred destination, there has even been talk of a swap deal involving Zlatan.

Outlook: Unlikely at best, no room for him on the best team in the world.


The Old Lady are looking to rebuild after a woeful season. Would see him reunited with his old friend Diego.

Outlook: A possibility, but may struggle to fit into Luigi Del Nieri's 4-4-2 formation.


Why not, he's Brazilian. This could prove to be the best move for Robinho. He would be surrounded by familiar faces, and would fit into the Milan style of play. Just think of Robinho, Ronaldinho, and Pato all vying for a starting berth.

Outlook: This may well be the one, as the big club again are looking to rebuild after the departure of Leonardo.


This cannot be ruled out either, as the player has admitted he would be happy to stay with his boyhood club. The transfer fee may be a stumbling block, but a part-exchange deal involving Neymar or Paolo Henrique could work.

Outlook: A real possibility, though the player may feel another crack in the big leagues would be more beneficial.

All in all, Robinho on his day is a world class player, and if he has a good World Cup then we will almost assuredly see him back in Europe next season.


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