The day that Sheik Mansour of Abu Dhabi bought Manchester City remains etched in memory.
One moment, City were about to sink into oblivion under the reckless control of Thaksin Shinawatra; the next, a club employee was blinking hard with disbelief as she faxed a £32million transfer request to Real Madrid for the registration of Brazil forward Robinho.
In the following days and weeks, English football began to wonder if its familiar landscape – one with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool at its center was about to change forever, indeed it has. Two years on, it is finally threatening to happen. City’s progress to the top of the English game has been relatively slow.
Many of us including myself have spent the past three weeks watching the World Cup unfold, rubbing our eyes in disbelief. There are a number of players we used to watch back in the day @ the Premier League who have suddenly exploded to life. Here they are:
Robinho (Manchester City and Brazil)
The arrival of Robinho led boss Mark Hughes to gush: ‘I am absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to work with such an incredible talent like Robinho’ Sixteen months later, they were both out of the club. Funny enough City fans complained the £32.5m signing from Real Madrid seemed lethargic and there were off-field distractions.
To some people he seemed more like a waste of cash. The Manchester City Robinho never scores away from home or looks like he’s trying but when with Brazil he becomes a whole new player. Continue reading →