Robinho? Haven’t heard that name around these parts for a long time.
You might have thought Robinho had retired, but he’s actually in rude health.
Such rude health that he could well persuade Tite to take him to the 2018 World Cup.
Robinho’s career has been a roller-coaster of brilliant highs, mostly accompanied by fifteen stepovers, and crushing lows.
He’s won league titles in four different countries- Brazil, Spain, Italy and China- and was part of Brazil’s Copa America triumph in 2007.
But everywhere he’s gone he’s left a nagging doubt. A ‘what could have been?’.
Now, with nothing to prove, or no one to prove anything to, he’s having something of an Indian Summer.
In 2017 Robinho has registered 10 goals and provided six assists, including four strikes in his last four games.
He was the decisive factor in the Classico against Cruzeiro, scoring twice in a 3-1 win.
It’s the type of form that, if Robinho is able to keep up, will catch the attention of Brazil’s manager.
Robinho’s last cap, which just so happened to be no.100, came in an all-domestic game against Colombia at the start of the year.
Tite hasn’t been shy in calling up players who’d seemingly had their time in the Selecao sun.
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The current squad contains three domestic players, including 32-year-old Sport Recife striker Diego Souza.
Recent call ups include Diego Tardelli, a 32-year-old currently playing for Shandong Luneng Taishan in the Chinese Super League.
So don’t write Robinho’s World Cup hopes off too prematurely. There’s still life in the old dog yet.