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Michael Robinson: the life of a legend in pictures

Michael Robinson began his professional career at Preston North End.

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From Preston he moved to Manchester City for £750,000 in the summer of 1979. It was regarded as an excessive amount to pay at the time for a 21-year-old with no first division experience.

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Michael Robinson (back row, standing far left), lines out for Manchester City against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.

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Michael Robinson playing for Brighton against Manchester United.

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In the summer of 1983, he signed for Liverpool.

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With the European cup in 1984 after Liverpool beat Roma in the final on penalties.

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Michael Robinson, Graeme Souness, David Hodgson, Phil Neal, Mark Lawrenson, Sammy Lee and Craig Johnston with the European Cup.

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From Liverpool, Robinson joined Queen's Park Rangers, which would turn out to be the last English club he played for. He statyed at QPR until 1987.

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A young Robinson poses with QPR team mate, Gary Bannister.

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Robinson signed for LaLiga club Osasuna in 1987. He had on several occasions told an amusing ancecdote of how he spent an hour looking for Osasuna on a map.

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Despite being English-born, Robisnon played for the Republic of Ireland, where his mother's family had hailed.

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After retiring from football, Michael Robinson became a reputed football commentator. He worked with Spanish national TV for 1990 World Cup in Italy before joining broadcaster Canal +. In the photo, Osasuna fans pay homage to the former player at the El Sadar stadium.

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Robinson with his colleague, Carlos Martínez. The pair were renowned for their lively commentary.

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Robisnon with Julio Maldonado and Raúl Ruiz on the set of Spanish football programme, 'El Día Depués' (The Day After).

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On 'El Día Después' witth Julio Maldonado Maldini and Luis Fernández, then coaches of Athletic, and Josep Pedrerol.

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Such was his fame in Spain that he even had his own parody dummy.

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Celebrating Cadiz' promotion. He was a lover of the city and the club.

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Michael Robinson during one of his last interviews with Diario AS.

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He was the face of PCFutbol, a series of football management simulation games developed by Spanish developers Dinamic Multimedia.

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Robinson with former AS editor, Alfedo Relaño, at the AS Awards. Relaño was the man who originally signed him for Canal +.

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Posing with the photo of the Man City team with whom he played a friendly against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.

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He was the creator of 'Informe Robinson', a popular Spanish TV programme focusing on the world of sport.

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Julio Maldoinado, Michael Robinson, Nachoi Aranda and Carlos MArtínez.

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'Acento Robinson. El lado humano del deporte', was another one of his classic programmes on radio station Cadena Ser.

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