Bebe, who played for Manchester United between 2010 and 2014, scored an excellent free-kick for Rayo Vallecano in Thursday night’s Copa del Rey clash against Real Betis
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Bebe’s try against Betis was about 30 yards away and hit a knuckleball in the top corner before running over to celebrate with the Vallecano fans who had arrived.
His technique was similar to that championed by the compatriot and United icon Cristiano Ronaldo during his first stint at Old Trafford.
Bebe’s goal equalized the tie 2-2 on aggregate with just 10 minutes to play, but a final goal from Borja Iglesias secured Betis victory.
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The winners will face Valencia, who defeated Athletic Bilbao in the semi-finals, at the Estadio La Cartuja in Seville in April.
Bebe was signed in August 2010 as a 20-year-old by legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who has reportedly spent £7.4million on the rising talent.
He was reportedly recommended by Carlos Queiroz – Ferguson’s former assistant at United – as little was known about him.
The Portugal manager later denied any involvement in the transfer.
“Bebe wasn’t even part of our scouting files for the Portuguese national team,” Queiroz said in 2014. “He didn’t exist, in a system where nothing escaped us.
“So Bebe’s move to Man United surprised me. I called my trainers and asked them what’s going on, why it doesn’t exist. I didn’t know anything about him.”
Bebe’s United time was plagued by injuries, suffering from a serious knee problem on loan at Besiktas and later failing to impress during a brief stint at Rio Ave.
His career began in 2013/14 with 14 goals in all competitions for Pacos de Ferreira.
Bebe’s form convinced Portuguese giants Benfica to sign him permanently from United in the summer of 2014, allowing United to recoup some of their investment.
He failed to do his best at Benfica but has since become an icon at Vallecano, making 150 appearances in two spells and helping them win two promotions to La Liga.
Although Bebe hasn’t scored a goal in the league this season, his team currently sits 12th in the table – 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
Speaking of 2018 his bizarre move to UnitedBebe said: “When I signed I didn’t go to England but spent four days in Portugal. And I still thought they were joking.
“I went to Carrington, I met all the players for the first time, but I still thought it was a lie! But when I spoke to Ferguson, I thought, ‘I’m finally here.’
“I started believing it in my head that day, it took a lot to believe it!”
Bebe added, “Every day I called my agent to ask him to get me out. It was a bad time If you don’t play, even if you’re at a great club then you’re not happy, so why carry on?”
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