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Jo shares brilliant story about the first time Robinho saw Peter Crouch

The former Real Madrid man was taken aback by the height of Portsmouth's team

Robinho is everything a Brazilian footballer should be.

He’s a maverick who takes as much enjoyment from life outside the pitch as he does life on it.

Most importantly he relies on technical abilities rather than physique although, at 5ft 7in, he doesn’t have much of a choice.

How do you say ‘selfie’ in Portuguese?

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How do you say ‘selfie’ in Portuguese?

Which is why the Premier League must have been quite a daunting sight when he first moved from Real Madrid to Manchester.

Jo, who played with Robinho for Brazil and Man City, shared a brilliant tale about his team-mate’s first tentative steps in English football.

He is tall, to be fair

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He is tall, to be fair

Speaking to ESPN, Jo said: “In Robinho’s debut against Portsmouth in 2008 I scored my first goal with Manchester City’s shirt, but this game had a really funny story before.

“We were positioned in the tunnel and their defence was Sylvain Distin and Sol Campbell, one of the midfielders was Bouba Diop, and there was Peter Crouch in the attack.

“It was almost a team only of giants. Then Robinho looked at the guys and said to me, ‘F***, Jô, are we going to play rugby? Look at the size of the guys’.

“‘Welcome to the English League’, I replied.”

Who needs rugby players when you’ve got Robinho?

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Who needs rugby players when you’ve got Robinho?

But Robinho shouldn’t have worried, because size doesn’t matter when you’ve got Brazilian feet.

City won 6-0 with Robinho scoring in the 57th minute. Portsmouth’s rugby players couldn’t get anywhere near him.

He could have been the next Pele

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