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Monday 01 September 2014

On this day in 2008: Robinho joins Man City in record deal

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Manchester City signing Brazil forward Robinho

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Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

1 September 2008 - Man City break British record to sign Robinho

Manchester City broke the British transfer record to sign Brazilian forward Robinho from Real Madrid on a dramatic summer transfer window deadline day.

The deal was confirmed minutes before the transfer window closed and only hours after City owner Thaksin Shinawatra had agreed to sell the club to the Abu Dhabi United Group.

Robinho had scored 25 goals in 78 La Liga appearances in a three-year spell at Real Madrid, after bursting on to the scene at Brazilian club Santos. He played for Brazil in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and City manager Mark Hughes expressed his delight at securing the skilful forward's services.

"I am absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to work with such an incredible talent," Hughes explained. "This is a real statement of intent as to the ambitions of this club.

"I have said that in order to compete with the best teams in the Barclays Premier League we have to be in the market for players of this calibre and Robinho is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world."

Robinho said: "I want to help the manager and the team to win the Barclays Premier League – that's my ambition. I know that City are a very big club, there's a great team there and this is an exciting project."

The 24-year-old had a successful first season at the Etihad Stadium, scoring on his debut against Chelsea and hitting a hat-trick against Stoke City as he became the club's top scorer, and the Barclays Premier League's fourth highest, with 14 top-flight goals.

Early in his second campaign at the club he suffered a stress fracture of an ankle while away on international duty with Brazil and was out of action for three months.

Although he made his comeback at the end of November, he failed to find the net in eight Barclays Premier League matches and then lost his place in the side.

With the January transfer window almost finished, he rejoined his first club Santos on a six-month loan and then, at the end of August 2010, he left City permanently to move to AC Milan.

  • Robinho (left) celebrates scoring against Chelsea on his Manchester City debut

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  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Real Madrid forward Robinho joined Manchester City for a British record fee