Bebe is a footballer already familiar with changes in fortune, as his surprise move to Manchester United in 2010 testified.
But the 23-year-old could be on the verge of another huge turnaround after the forgotten man of Old Trafford was tipped to make a late run for Portugal’s World Cup squad this summer.
Bebe’s arrival at United was surprising in the extreme, with Sir Alex Ferguson admitting he had never seen him play live prior to agreeing to pay a reported £7.4milllion for his services. And in his few appearances for the first-team, the phrase ‘a fish out of water’ immediately sprang to mind.
But it was always going to take Bebe time to find his feet, and after a series of loan spells, he is now living up to the potential said to have been spotted by former United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz.
With 10 goals to his name for loan club Pacos de Ferreira he is enjoying a surge in form not previously seen, to such an extent that his current club chairman Carlos Barbosa has suggested he could be an option for this summer’s World Cup.
In quotes published by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Barbosa is quoted as saying, “He has the quality to make goals, and good goals.”
He also reportedly hinted that the national side could be in need of someone like Bebe…so why not Bebe himself?
It would be a huge turnaround for a player who has been branded a flop by many United fans, but one who may just have turned a huge corner in his career.
The only question now, whether or not he heads to Brazil this summer, is if David Moyes sees a future for him at the club that changed his life.