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Manchester United Flop Bebe Scores 35-Yard Rocket Of A Free-Kick

Josh Lawless

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Manchester United Flop Bebe Scores 35-Yard Rocket Of A Free-Kick

Manchester United flop Bebe did his best Cristiano Ronaldo when he scored a sensational 35-yard free-kick for Rayo Vallecano.

The Spanish side were 2-0 down at home to Real Zaragoza in the Segunda Division but went on to win 3-2 - with the stunning comeback kick-started by a set-piece worldie from their No.10 just before half-time.

The 30-year-old displayed a superb level of technique to strike the ball with frightening pace and power, his effort dipping over the wall and nestling into the top corner.


The opening goal from visitors' midfielder Juanjo Narvaez was a wonderful volleyed effort but Bebe trumped him with his long-range ping.

Check out the belter around 36 seconds into the highlights on YouTube:

It's the sort of goal we've come to expect from his compatriot, five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo, and not a player widely deemed to be one of the Premier League's worst ever players.

Bebe secured a dream move to United in 2010, with Sir Alex Ferguson snapping him up for £7 million from Vitória de Guimarães just five weeks after he had joined the Portuguese club.

The legendary long-time United boss signed off on the deal despite having never seen Bebe play - instead going off recommendation of his former assistant Carlos Querioz.

Image: PA
Image: PA

In total Bebe made just seven appearances for United, two of which came in the Premier League.

He scored in wins over Wolves and Bursaspor but it was clear that he was nowhere near the quality required to play for the club and he was subsequently sent out on loan to Besiktas, Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira.

Image: PA
Image: PA

He would then sign permanently with Portuguese giants Benfica in 2014 but featured just six times before leaving for Eibar in 2016.

Bebe is now in his second spell with Rayo Vallecano following two loan spells - the latest of which became permanent in August 2018.

Reflecting on his move to United, Bebe told Goal that he thought he was a hoax at first.

"I felt that way for a week or two, thinking that they were joking with me," he said in 2018.

"When I signed, I didn't go to England but instead spent four days in Portugal. And I still thought they were kidding.

"I went to Carrington, I met all the players for the first time but I still thought that it was a lie!

"But the moment I spoke with Ferguson, that was when I thought: 'finally I am here'. I started believing it in my head on that day, it took a lot to believe it!"

Topics: Rayo Vallecano, Football, Manchester United

Josh Lawless
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