Brazilian striker Robinho joins Santos

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Sao Paulo (AFP)

Veteran Brazilian striker Robinho has joined his childhood club Santos, which he left to join Real Madrid as a 21-year-old rising star before moving on to Manchester City and AC Milan.

The 36-year-old signed a five-month contract paying the nominal amount of around 230 euros ($ 250) per month with bonuses and an extension if things go well.

“It’s always been my home, it’s so special to come back to where my career began,” he said.

He is currently a fugitive from Italian justice, having been sentenced to prison for rape in Italy in 2017.

Robinho rose to fame with goals galore for the Rio outfit, which also produced Neymar and Pelé, before Real Madrid signed him with great fanfare in 2006.

Lightweight and sublimely talented center-forward, Robinho has won league titles with Real and Milan and has also played 100 times for Brazil, winning the Copa America and the Confederations Cup.

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