The Brazil international departed Spain for Premier League side Manchester City back in August 2008. However, Robinho also stressed that it was the right decision to leave the Spanish capital, where he never felt truly wanted, particularly once Madrid began their pursuit of then Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I have two regrets in my career: how I left Real Madrid and how I left Santos. I don’t regret that I left but the way everything was,” he told Brazilian newspaper Folha. “At Santos, things could have taken a different course but not in Madrid. But it is all over now. Everything serves to add to your experience.”
Robinho also gave his views on Neymar, who has been heavily linked with a move to Madrid.
“I am now 27 and Neymar is 19,” he explained. “I try to give him advice, both on and off the field.
“European football is different and much stronger than Brazilian football. He does not need much advice. He is a born footballer.”