Robinho 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.”