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Former Manchester City Star Robinho Rejoins Santos On Crazy Contract

Former Manchester City Star Robinho Rejoins Santos On Crazy Contract

Former Manchester City forward Robinho has returned to boyhood club Santos for a fourth spell but with an interesting contract to say the least.

The Brazilian had been a free agent since leaving Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir at the end of last season but now, aged 36, has headed back home to the place where it all began for him in 1996.

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However, with the club in financial difficulties, the well-travelled forward has agreed to a huge pay-cut in his five-month contract.

According to reports, his basic monthly salary of just 1,500 Brazilian reals - which equates to £207. It's £50 a week and a far cry from the £160,000 he was on when he made a shock £32.5 million deadline day move to City in 2008.

Local news outlets in Brazil say that Robinho's deal is bonus-heavy - meaning that he is in line to receive a payment of around £41,000 after he makes 10 appearances before the same sum is paid out when he plays 15 games.

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"This has always been my home," Robinho said.

"My objective is to help on and off the pitch and get Santis in as high a place as possible."

Robinho signed his first contract with Santos at the age of 18 and went on to make 180 appearances in his first spell, scoring 81 goals and winning two league titles before moving to Real Madrid at the age of 21 in 2005.

The former Selecao international returned home twice in the form of loan spells from City and AC Milan, while also turning out for Guangzhou Evergrande, Atletico Mineiro and Sivasspor.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

Robinho's return has been met with some discontent, however, due to his rape conviction from 2017.

He was sentenced to nine years in prison by an Italian court for his alleged role in a gang rape on an Albanian woman in 2013 but without extradition, has continued his footballing career.

Featured Image Credit: Santos

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Santos, Football, Robinho, Brazil, Real Madrid

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