noun: legend; plural noun: legends
1. a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but not authenticated. "the legend of King Arthur"
2. an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field. "the man was a living legend"
He may not be legendary for all the right reasons, but by our working, Bébé is certainly a Manchester United legend. That isn't the only similarity with his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, as the man who made seven appearances for United has been telling Spanish newspaper AS. According to the Guardian:
"Bébé said when asked who his idol was: "(Didier) Drogba, but also Cristiano because he’s Portuguese. I have the same way of running, and the same shooting style; he’s definitely a favourite."
Well, Bébé, I have two legs and a head, so I suppose I'm similar to Cristiano too! Further on in the interview:
"Bébé admits he initially thought it was a "joke" when he heard United wanted to sign him and that it was "insane" being one of their players - but he insists he enjoyed the experience."
The difference here is that we thought it was a joke *after* he'd signed, rather than before. And we didn't especially enjoy the experience either.
However, it should be noted we're only having a little tease: it's certainly not Bébé's fault that United bought him, and it has been nice to see his career finally taking off over the last couple of years. For anyone not aware of the grisly details of his miserable upbringing, do have a read of an old post by our very own Andi Thomas. His United career may be a punchline, but his story is a cheering one.
No hard feelings