Being a professional footballer is the good life, right? Play the sport you love, travel the world and get free football boots from the best brands on Earth – it’s definitely ‘living the dream’, but for Robinho, it looks like things have turned into a bit of a nightmare!
Samba superstar Ronbinho has always been a keen wearer of Nike’s football boots – in particular Nike Mercurial Vapor range.
But many keen-eyed football boots fans spotted Robinho wearing a multitude of football boots, seemingly switching at random between his Nike Vapors, Superfly II’s, adiZeros and the Mizuno SuperSonic Wave.
The Manchester City star, on loan at AC Milan, was apparently under the impression that his contract with Nike expired on December 1st 2010 (Robinho blacked-out his Superfly on December 8th in the UCl, then played in the adiZero the following weekend in Serie A), when in actual fact Robinho’s contract with Nike had an ‘Opt-out’ clause.
This essentially means that rather than Robinho’s contract with Nike expiring, it would automatically renew unless the Brazilian gave a period of notice and asked for the contract to be cancelled at the end of it’s current term.
Earlier this month, Nike took Robinho to criminal court in Amsterdam claiming that Robinho was made aware of this clause when he signed his contract, which was written in both English and Portuguese.
Rather than Robinho being allowed to drop his contract with Nike, the judge ruled that not only was Nike’s contract upstanding (tying Robinho into Nike football boots until November 30th, 2014) but every time the 27-year-old takes to the pitch wearing another brand of football boots that isn’t Nike, he must pay the American sportswear giant a staggering 300,000!
Since then, Robinho has appeared in campaigns for the new Brazil Home shirt and the Superfly III (though he isn’t currently part of the ‘Who is Superfly’ contest on Facebook) and things looked to be returning to normal between the two parties.
However, today the story took another dramatic turn today as Robinho filed a lawsuit to end his contract with Nike, this time in a Civil Court in his home district of Sao Paolo.
It seems that Robinho is looking to end his association with the big N, and we’d have to guess that it’s to do with the threat of a 300,000 fine hanging over his head!
There’s no doubt that Robinho’s deal with Nike is lucrative and is rumoured to be in the region of millions of pounds over the 3 and a half years remaining on his contract – if you were in Robinho’s shoes (or indeed – football boots), what would you do?
Let us know in the comments!