Thursday, September 4, 2008

He's Gone


Finally the saga is over. Robinho is really gone. After all the drama, all the bold statements to the press from the player and all the tapdancing from the club... and finally it has ended. Robinho has left for Manchester... Citeh!
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They nicked the deal for 40m Euros (+2m more for incentives) - a British transfer record. Perhaps the largest sum of money Real Madrid ever made from the sale of a player.
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The commentary following that has followed the wake of the transfer has been tremendous. The angles are infinite too. There have been those who have called Robinho a traitor - a pesetero (mercenary). Some seem to think that his loss is no big deal because he's not such a great talent anyway. Prior to the transfer deadline, ESPN's Phil Ball (I'm so happy that the season's back, which means I can read his commentary again) had this to say:
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"This should hardly matter to Real Madrid anyway, who secretly have little confidence in him, but who nevertheless have tried to extract the maximum amount from Abramovich's pocket before the deadline. Chelsea would be mad to pay any more than £10m for him, but logic has long since departed the European football scene. Arjen Robben is a far better player, and Madrid know it. Chelsea don't seem to, but that's their problem."
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The Guardian's Sid Lowe remarked colorfully:
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"He arrived as the New Pelé but departed as the New Denílson, a by-word for expensive failure and pointless tricks."
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There have been those who have lamented more deeply the loss of such a great talent along with his potential. While others have shifted their attention to Calderon and Mijatovic. Some call them stupid, some call them lucky, while others call them geniuses. I've made some remarks in other blogs and forums / discussion boards so I might as well convey my sentiments on the matter.
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The Good
1.) 42m Euros. That's a lot of money, which actually makes this summer the first time in a long time that Real Madrid actually made a profit. From things really looking like we were going to only get 32-25m for him, we get another 7m. That's a great amount of money - something that can justify a pursuit for a top player even in the winter.
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2.) Getting rid of a player who had a big potential to upset the great team chemistry that now exists in the dressing room. He has a contract. So did CRon, it was made clear to him that he needed to be professional by honoring that contract. CRon confessed that he wanted to go but went back to Man U after understanding that the game's up. That's being professional. That's having class. Declaring to the press before 2 important games that you want to go: that's being an ass. And I'm sure that it upset more than a few of his now-former team mates.
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3.) Getting rid of a player who is clearly motivated by money (or who listens too much to his agent who surely thinks only of money). I get it and I accept it: it wasn't right that Robinho deserved to get paid more than guys like Royston Drenthe, if he's unhappy about that then fine. What bugs me however is him going to the press and saying 'I want to be the best player in the world, but here in Madrid I can't do that.' So what? In Man City you can do that? I don't think so. What you can do and Man City however is get paid 6m Euros annually net. Pesetero? I think he is.... or his agent has turned him into one. Real Madrid deserve players who know the meaning of that seal on their uniform, not ones who look at the numbers next to the currency symbol in their bank accounts.
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4.) Proving that no one player is bigger than the club, especially not Real Madrid. It must be clear to all that players can't pull stunts like the one Robinho just pulled: to sulk to get sent to the team of his choice. No, no, no.... he's SUPPOSED to be a professional. He needs to learn that, he can't just bitch and moan then get away with what he wants.
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5.) Selling to a team who is not considered (at the moment, at least) a top European rival. The new Arab owners laid out a cheeky set of goals for Man City: Break into the top 4 this year, win the Premiereship next year, and win the Champions League after that. Yes they have money, but breaking into the top 4 this year I think is quite impossible, not with this lineup. I'll happily watch them beat the crap out of a Championship team to win the Carling Cup though....
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6.) Teaching Chelsea a lesson for their 'disrespect.' People like to talk about RM's pursuit of CRon in talking about this. I think this is different. When RM were chasing CRon, it was the sports dailies (of course influenced by the club) who kept the hype Machine going. They said extensively that CRon wanted to join us, etc. What RM has NEVER done however, is assume that a player they're trying to sign is already theirs.
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The Bad
I think that it's pretty obvious that his departure leaves us in a bind: We lost a a great, talented player. And now, we will have to rely on Arjen Robben, the glass-man, on the wings: him and (in my opinion, the not-yet-ready) Royston Drenthe. We have lost a lot of our depth and quality as a team. This may haunt us.
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Parting Shots
Real Madrid have just released the latest kit numbers for the upcoming season and I have to say that I'm delighted to see Wesley Sneijder get the coveted #10 jersey. He would've been my vote for that.

2 comments:

  1. The nest thing is to see Sneijder with the 10!!!

    I will like to exchange links with you, let me know.

    cheers

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  2. Love the way you remark Robinho.He's a disgrace to us , the madridistas.I'm agreed with you though that Robinho may leave us "haunted", as we cannot just rely on the fragile man as drenthe is not that ready for Real Madrid 1st team although he is talented, though he might improve a lot more if given more playing time.Nonetheless, i'm still sure that Real Madrid Fans still gonna taste the success of champions league this season :)

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