Putting it nicely, during their time’s at Manchester United, Radamel Falcao and Bebe proved to be nothing more than absolute flops.
The Portuguese winger failed to reach the heights his predecessors Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani regularly hit.
Despite scoring twice in seven appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson, which included a goal on his Champions League debut that proved to be the season that we last reached the Champions League final (2011), Bebe didn’t live up to the £7.9m transfer fee (Transfermarkt).
After a series of loan moves, United sold Bebe to Portuguese giants Benfica for £2.7m in July 2014.
On the other hand, prior to sustaining a cruciate knee ligament injury, Falcao was one of the best strikers in world football.
But when he signed for United on loan from Monaco in 2014, we weren’t getting the prime Colombian who had terrorised defences in Europe for the last five years.
Coming off the back of the serious injury, Louis van Gaal felt Falcao would rekindle his former world class form at Old Trafford, but that was far from the case.
Although he scored once and registered two assists in his first four Premier Leagues game, Falcao failed to ignite alongside Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Angel Di Maria.
The 35-year-old managed just four goals from 26 Premier League games. But after an equally chastening experience at Chelsea the following year, Falcao got back to his best at Monaco alongside an emerging Kylian Mbappe.
After averaging nearly a goal every other game during a two-year stint at Galatasaray, Falcao left the Turkish giants this summer and joined Bebe at La Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano.
Bebe and Falcao combine
Bebe and Falcao came off the bench to combine for Vallecano’s last-minute winner against Athletic Bilbao last night.
In the 96th minute, Bebe whipped in a pacey free-kick and Falcao ghosted in at the back post to head home his first goal for his new club past Spain’s number one goalkeeper Unai Simon.
Falcao and Bebe never succeeded at Manchester United, but the pair could strike up an unlikely fruitful partnership in Spain.
‘El Tigre’ hasn’t lost any of his poachers instincts, but unlike Ronaldo, Cavani and Ibrahimovic, Falcao’s time at Old Trafford was ill-timed, his body wasn’t ready for the rigours of the Premier League.
But he will continue to score goals wherever he goes and Bebe may be the main man to help supply the great Colombian in Spain.