The Milan forward is targeting a place at 2014 after coming off the bench to net Brazil's winner against Chile to surpass Pele's record of eight goals against La RojaRobinho says his next goal is to secure a place in Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s World Cup squad.
The 29-year-old was recalled to the squad for November’s friendlies after two years away from international football and came off the bench to net the winner in the Selecao’s 2-1 friendly victory over Chile on Tuesday.
And speaking after his goal earned Brazil victory at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, their sixth in a row, the former Real Madrid man says he is desperate to stick around this time.
“There are very few matches remaining before the World Cup and I must take advantage of the chance given to me by [coach Luiz Felipe] Scolari,” he said, with March 2014 now offering the only remaining Fifa international date before Brazil’s World Cup squad is selected.
“I tried to do my best against Honduras and now against Chile. I have to prepare in Milan. My goal is to get to the World Cup.”
Robinho’s headed winner made him Brazil's all-time leading scorer against Chile, surpassing Pele’s record of eight goals in matches with La Roja.
"I always get lucky against Chile,” he said. “[But] Pele is a unique player, I just want to do well for myself.”
“Robinho did what we expect from him,” said Scolari. “He was very good throughout the game.”