Ex-Man City & Real Madrid superstar secures move to domestic giants

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Robinho has confirmed that he is returning to Brazil to sign for domestic heavyweights Atletico Mineiro.

The forward had previously been with Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande, and came to the end of his short-term contract at the beginning of February.

As one of the most high-profile forwards available on a free transfer, Robinho had been linked with a return to the Premier League, with both Newcastle United and Sunderland being mooted as potential destinations for the veteran out-of-contract star.

The 32-year-old had the opportunity to return to his boyhood club Santos—for what would have been a fourth spell—but ultimately opted to sign for the Belo Horizonte heavyweights.

While few could predict the attacker’s next move, Robinho’s move to Atletico may well signal the end of his peripatetic time in Europe.

The hitman has featured for the likes of AC Milan, Manchester City and Real Madrid, winning two La Liga titles and the Serie A crown with the Rossoneri.

With Brazil, he was a two-time Confederations Cup winner, and also lifted the Copa America in 2007.

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