Robinho is now 'Real'. The new
number '10' of Real Madrid was presented by Florentino Pérez and Alfredo
Di Stéfano in front of the multitude of Madrid fans keen to meet their
new idol. The Whites president said the new Madrid player was "a
fantastic footballer", while Robinho expressed his desire to win "many
titles" with Real Madrid. Almost 10,000 people witnessed the
presentation of the new Madrid star player.
It was a typical presentation, in the style in which they have been
since Florentino Pérez came to the presidency of Real Madrid, and a
worthy of a super star player. The first person to speak, as usual was
The word "fantastic" was one of the words most used in this speech by
the President, who started off thus: "Football can be many things but
without any doubt one of the most desired and admired by the fans in the
sport, and I'm speaking even about those who are not fans, is that of
The possibility of making apparently impossible plays and movements with
the ball. It´s from this level of fantastic football I believe Robinho
comes from. He´s a footballer capable of creating those plays which
later children all around the world try to repeat in the street again
"It has not been easy getting to this day. Many difficulties had to be
overcome and are now behind us. For this reason Robinho isn't here today
at the Bernabeu and in this team just because of his sparkle and
enormous footballing quality. He will be wearing the White strip because
he had the deep conviction that Real Madrid was the team which he had
dreamed about and he has now achieved this objective ".
"And I would like to emphasise today that Robinho is a very young
football who loves his country deeply, Santos and the football of his
home country. He is very optimistic and convinced that here at Real
Madrid he will return to them his triumphs, to his Brasil and to his
people, all the love, the affection, and at the warmth which they have
given him until his very last moment over there".
"At Real Madrid we are going to carry on working every day and reinforce
ourselves and to consolidate the basic elements which are the keys of
our history in the world of football: the commitment and effort and
obsession for the beauty of the game. Our team of this year has an
enormous capacity and a great talent. Now is the moment to play football
of the highest level, putting on the show and generating hope".
"Robinho: I truly think that you have come to the right team and the
perfect league to demonstrate your creative capacity. I know that you
are going to seduce Europe with your football and I would like you to
know that you have all the support and strength of your team-mates and
all of our fans".
The pace of emotions in this club is very intense. And this week is an
incredibly special one. Last night we presented to the world our first
ever official film and definitely the first film which a formal club has
brought to the big screen. This cinematographic project helps us in
consolidating and expanding the legend and the myth of Real Madrid
everywhere in the world ignoring frontiers".
"And today we are presenting Robinho who has come to contribute his
football so that this white legend can continue growing and moving
people in all five continents".
"Human been need to have dreams and dreams are there to be fought for to
turn them into reality. And here today begins the Madrid dream of
"Robinho welcome and I'm convinced that you and your family are going to
be very happy in Madrid and at Real Madrid".
After the President's speech, the ritual took place in its usual style.
Robinho, dressed informally, was the next person to speak. "First for I
would like to say that I am very proud and happy to be able to play at
Real Madrid. It´s a very special day from me and for my family, which I
will always treasure in my memory. Now I hope to live up to all this
good feeling with good playing and goals. I hope to win many titles and
make history here ".
And then came the long awaited moment. From hands of the Honourary
President, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Robinho received his shirt with the
number '10' on the back, a magic number for any footballer. Embraces,
handshakes, and a message from the Honourary President: "We have high
hopes for you. The best of luck and congratulations".
The now number '10' White player then headed off, for the first time, to
his new dressing rooms. There he got changed and for the first time put
on the strip of Real Madrid (white, like that of Santos). And a few
minutes later, he sent the 10,000 Real Madrid fans who were present in
the stands of the Bernabéu crazy, who had already been chanting his name
has several minutes, and gave his first kicks of the ball in the shadow
of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. The Prince gave the first signs of his
unquestionable talent in his new home. All sorts of moves even including
his celebrated stepovers. And dozens of balls to the stands to begin
winning the hearts of his new fans. Welcome, Robinho. From now on, a 'Real'