Super Agent Wagner Ribeiro has revealed why Robinho left Real Madrid for Manchester City in the summer of 2008.

The skillful Brazilian forward had established himself as one of Europe's most exciting talents during his time at the Bernabeu after having joined from Santos.

But Ribeiro, a notorious agent in his homeland for having represented the likes of Kaka, Neymar and Lucas Moura, has spoken of the player's Los Blancos exit.

Real Madrid's Robinho celebrates after s

"Robinho was in a wonderful moment at Madrid, he was the player of the moment," Ribeiro told ​AS. "Creating and scoring goals. The problem is that an offer came in from Chelsea. 

"And as he was on less than Zidane and Ronaldo, I started to fight with Real Madrid to pay him the same as the English club, which was three times as much. 

"In the end, Madrid accepted to match Chelsea but then Manchester City came in."


Robinho struggled in the Premier League after his £32 move to the Etihad, later returning on loan to Santos, before a five-year spell in Italy with AC Milan.

He is now back in Brazil with Atletico Mineiro, aged 33, following a brief sojourn in China with Guangzhou Evergrande.

Former City teammate and compatriot Jo recently recalled a story prior to Robinho's first start for the Sky Blues against Portsmouth.

Manchester City v Portsmouth - Premier League

"Before the match, Robinho saw some of theirs players: Sylvain Distin, who was 1.93m [metres], Sol Campbell, who was 1.88m, Bouba Diop, was 1.95m, and Peter Crouch was 2.01m," Jo said - via ​ESPN. "A lot of giants against the tiny Brazilian guy.

"Then Robinho said: 'Jo, what the hell, are we going to play football or rugby? Look at the size of these guys!' I laughed and said: 'Robinho, welcome to the Premier League. And it gets worse!"