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Ever wondered why Robinho never became a legend? It’s all Craig Bellamy’s fault

Long before Neymar, Robinho had the world at his feet.

You simply hadn’t played Football Manager 2005 if you didn’t sign him from Santos.

Then in 2008 he shocked the world by moving from Real Madrid to Man City, who were still considered a bit rubbish.

Everyone expected him to tear it up, and he did.

He scored a brilliant free kick against Chelsea on his debut then a hat-trick against Stoke a month later.

But then Craig Bellamy came along.

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Speaking on Monday Night Football, Bellamy said: “I saw a weakness on the left. I saw Robinho. I felt if there was anyone I was going to be able to move out of this team, it would be him. So I targeted him.”

And back in the day, being targeted by Bellamy could involve golf clubs.

We’re not suggesting anything, but replacing Robinho on pure footballing merit? Surely not.

By 2009 Bellamy and Robinho were no longer on speaking terms and a year later the Brazilian left for an inconsistent spell at Milan.

Some might say Robinho lacked the mentality or dedication to ever be an all time great, but we prefer to blame Bellamy.

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