VIDEO: Robinho scores twice for Santos, gets sent off for diving

Former Manchester City man Robinho showed both sides to his game when he netted twice for Santos against Botafogo then got sent off for a dive.

Robinho is back at his first club Santos on loan from AC Milan after slipping down the pecking order at San Siro and he certainly made his mark against Botafogo.

The ex-Manchester City forward scored twice in the first half of the Copa do Brasil first-leg, which Santos won 3-2, but then he was slightly harshly shown a second yellow card in the 84th minute for simulation just five minutes after he had picked up his first booking.

Robinho has often been accused of diving during a career that has seen glimpses of brilliance but long bouts of underachievement.

While at Man City between 2008 and 2010, Robinho scored 14 goals in 41 games. His time at the club was marred by injury problems and he is widely regarded as a transfer flop after the club paid a whopping £33 million for him. 

The 30-year-old has made over 100 appearances for Milan but he is seen as surplus to requirements and was given the chance to get some playing time back in his homeland.

The first goal against Botafogo was a bit of a gift after some shocking defence gave Santos the ball and Robinho only had to tuck it away but the second was a decent finish that rounded off a neat move.

Robinho scores:

Signed by the Citizens on the final day of the 2008 summer transfer window, the former Real Madrid attacker enjoyed a largely positive first campaign in the Premier League, scoring 14 goals in 31 top-flight games for the Sky Blues.

But things quickly turned sour during his second season at the club with a lack of form and poor attitude resulting in Robinho being shipped out to Santos on loan in January of 2010.

The Brazilian club were ultimately unable to sign the forward permanently, however, with Robinho instead moving to AC Milan later that year, where he has remained for the past four seasons.

But after failing to make the Selecao squad for the World Cup, it would now appear that the 30-year-old is willing to cut his losses and return to his homeland following two indifferent seasons in which he has managed just seven goals in 59 games for the Rossoneri.

Robinho has recently been linked with a big-money move to the Middle East amid

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