Former Manchester United winger Bebethought it was a ‘joke’ when the Premier League side came calling for him in 2010.
The winger joined for a scarcely believable £7.4m given that just months before he had been playing third division football in Portugal and hadn’t yet made an appearance for his new club, Vitoria. Sir Alex Ferguson hadn’t seen Bebe play but went ahead with the deal on the trusted recommendation of his scouts.
Bebe clearly wasn’t equipped for such a step up. His misfortune on the pitch became infamous among supporters but he did score two goals in his debut season, including one in the Champions League and scored several superb goals at U21s level.
After making seven appearances in his first season, Bebe didn’t make another first team appearance despite several bright pre-seasons and eventually left the club permanently last summer.
Speaking after his January loan move to La Liga side Cordoba, Bebe said: “I had a contract with a termination clause of €9m and within two days there was a team that wanted to pay it. And I went to Manchester. I thought they were joking.
“I learned a lot with Ferguson. What went wrong? Well, I was alone. I needed more experience to deal with that.
“In Manchester I was a child and was alone. I’ve grown and I am a better person, very different.”
Last season there was talk of a renaissance for Bebe. There was even talk in Portugal he could go to the World Cup after 12 goals in 27 appearances with Pacos saw his stock rise so much he made a permanent move to Portuguese giants Benfica. However, after just one league appearance, Bebe is now out on loan in Spain and looking to impress Jorge Jesus, the current Benfica manager.
Bebe and Man United fans would certainly have some common ground with his comments because his move certainly was a circus act which left United with a poor signing.