Real Madrid’s Robinho has admitted that he turned won a transfer to Juventus before moving to Spain.
The Brazilian moved to Real Madrid in 2005, where after a slow start he has since hit the kind of form that earned him a glowin reputation as a teenager with Santos.
“I received an offer from Juventus but I was still very young,” Robinho told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I was still 18-years-old and it was not the right time for me to leave Brazil.”
Robinho was also asked for his opinion on Ronaldinho, Adriano and Ronaldo, three compatriots who are struggling at the moment.
“They are brothers to me, not friends,” the 23-year-old replied.
“Ronaldinho does not have any problems. Adriano is suffering from some personal problems but he will come back again. Ronaldo for me will always be El Fenomeno. When he is well only Maradona is better than him.”
Robinho did however have high praise for fellow Brazilian Kaka, who was recently voted European Footballer of the year.
“Kaka is thge best (in Europe) – that is for sure. He is number one – he is a great person,” he added.