Robinho was subbed 19 times in one season - plus nine other things you didn't know about Man City's £32.5m signing


Robson De Souza - better known to the footballing world as Robinho - is the talk of the Barclays Premier League after signing for Manchester City from Real Madrid in a £32.5million transfer.

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Little Robin: Robinho in action for Real against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League last season

Real Madrid, with whom the 24-year-old won two La Liga titles, have almost doubled their money with the £32.5m sale to Manchester City. But Robinho's £16.5m signing from Santos three years ago was seen as a hefty and risky investment.

The move to City reunites Robinho with fellow Brazilian Elano. The pair played together at Santos, winning the championship in 2002 - the club's first in 20 years.

Here's Sportsmail online's guide to the new Manchester City slicker:

1. In 32 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid last season, Robinho was substituted 19 times - yes, 19!

2. At the age of 9, Robinho scored 72 goals for his local futsal side Portuarios.

3. At a young age, Robinho was spotted in the Santos youth team by Pele, who said 'This kid will bring us a ton of joy'.

4. Armed bandits kidnapped his mother Marina in 2004 and held her hostage for six weeks until a hefty ransom was paid. There were rumours throughout that she had been killed.

5. At the 2007 Copa America, Robinho was top scorer with six goals and voted best player.

6. Robson de Souza was born in Parque Bitaru - one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Sao Vicente, Sao Paulo state - on January 25, 1984.

7. He was given the nickname Robinho - which means 'Little Robin' in Portuguese - because of his small, skinny appearance as a youngster.

8. Robinho has a reputation for sulking. He went on strike to force a  transfer from Santos to Real Madrid in 2005 and reportedly threatened to quit football all together this week when it looked like he wasn't going  to get a move to the Premier League.Robinho started his career at Santos, the team forever associated with Pele, and was trained by Brazil's most famous No 10 as a 15-year-old.

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9. He has known his girlfriend Vivian for 12 years and they have an eight-month-old boy, Robson Junior. His goal celebration of sucking his thumb is in tribute to his little boy.

10.   Robinho likes to baffle defenders with a good stepover and is called the 'King of the Pedalada' by the Brazilian Press. Inevitably, he takes inspiration from the samba, saying: 'It is like dribbling without touching the ball. First I balance the body, as if I were dancing the samba. After that I do the move.'  

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