Former Manchester United player Bebe compares himself to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo
Former Manchester United winger Bebe has raised some eyebrows after suggesting that his playing style has some similarities with that of Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo, according to AS.
The 25-year-old was signed by ex-Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson from Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes in the summer of 2010 for a reported fee of £7 million. Bebe’s arrival coincided with his compatriot Ronaldo’s departure, who left a year after as one of their greatest ever players in the club’Â?s history.
The Portuguese winger had a short stint with the 20-time English Champions, making a total of 7 appearances, netting 2 goals, before leaving in 2014 for Benfica. Bebe’s move to the Theatre of Dreams turned out to be a huge disappointment, given his lack of experience at the top level and he failed to cope with the demands that were thrust upon him.
While Ronaldo is setting records and milestones with Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu, Bebe is currently on loan with Spanish club Rayo Vallecano. He is currently rebuilding his career in Spain and was quick to mention his compatriot Ronaldo when asked who he regards as his footballing idol.
“(Didier) Drogba, but also Cristiano because he’s Portuguese,” he said in an interview.
“I have the same way of running, and the same shooting style; he’s definitely a favourite.”
I thought United interest was a joke: Bebe
Bebe has revealed he was surprised to hear that United were keen on acquiring his services and were willing to offer a five-year contract. He thought it was a joke but admits he enjoyed his short stint with the club.
“It all happened very quickly, a total surprise,” he added.
“One day I’m training and the next they’re telling me that I’m going to sign a five-year contract with Manchester United. I thought it was a joke. I wasn’t there long, but I enjoyed it.”
“It was insane. I was playing with the best in the world. It wasn’t easy, the first week I had to take a deep breath, but I got used to it. I adapted and tried to fit in. I came there without much of a football education, just what I was born with: talent, speed, strength ... but you needed more. If a big club signed me now it’d be different.”