Should Portugal have taken £7.4m United dud to the World Cup?

Bebe was in form and scoring goals from all over the pitch, should Portugal have gambled?

Portugal are on the brink of elimination from the World Cup in Brazil after two disappointing results in their opening group games.

They lost their opener to Germany, thanks in large part to the irresponsibility of their defender Pepe - who got himself stupidly sent off after rising to the antics of Germany international Thomas Muller.

Their second game was equally as disappointing. They were tactically inept against their US opposition and they were rightly 2-1 down until a stunning cross from Cristiano Ronaldo left Guillermo Varela with no choice but to bag an equaliser.

But Ronaldo has struggled in the tournament. Not through any fault of his own of course. He is struggling with tendinitis of the knee - the pain evident on his face while playing. In another summer he might have had treatment or indeed a long rest, but this was supposed to be his World Cup to shine.

The rest of the attacking options have offered little to nothing. Hugo Almeida, Helder Postiga and Eder are not world-class strikers while Nani looks a shade of the talent he could actually be.

Which begs the question ... should Portugal have taken a £7.4 million Manchester United flop with them?

The player in question is of course Bebe - infamously signed by Sir Alex Ferguson without ever seeing the former vagrant play the game.

His story was incredible, but he struggled to adapt to life in England. He has also suffered serious knee injuries during his time at the club and until this season he looked like being a resounding dud.

But in the past few months he has finally shown what Carlos Quieroz must have first seen in him - raw talent.

Portugal were said to be considering taking him to Brazil - after he scored a sensational 11 goals in the last 16 games of the season whilst on loan with Pacos Ferreira.

That made him undoubtedly the most in form forward Portugal had in the run up to the finals. In the same period Eder, Almeida, Postiga and Nani combined scored just five goals.

Portugal must now regret taking the unpredictable Bebe to Brazil.

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