Four years after Sir Alex Ferguson brought an unknown Portuguese striker widely reported to have played in the Homeless World Cup (he didn't) to Manchester United without ever seeing him play, the odyssey that was Bebe's surprisingly long stay on the club's books has come to an inevitable end. Bebe made seven appearances and scored two goals in his first season with Man United before being sent out on loan for each of the last three seasons — his most successful of which came last season when he scored 14 goals in 39 appearances for Pacos de Ferreira in the Portuguese Liga. Now the 24-year-old joins Portuguese champions Benfica on a four-year deal.
Let's take this moment to look back on the lasting memories we all share of Bebe's magical time with Manchester United.
The time he got to stand one body away from Sir Alex.
The time he laughed because Edwin van der Sar and John O'Shea were laughing, but he didn't really know what they were laughing about.
The time he scored against Wolverhampton in the Carling Cup and had no idea what to do with his hands.
The time he scored against Bursaspor in what was technically a Champions League match and Chicharito acknowledged his existence.
The time he got a free ticket to Man United v Bolton.
The time he realized everyone was laughing at him and decided to replace his teammates' toothpaste with hemorrhoid cream.
The time he got closer to the Premier League trophy than Steven Gerrard ever has.
The time Sir Alex refused to watch him play even when he was right in front of him.
The time he got to model watches in Shanghai and wasn't quite sure if he was having the most surreal dream ever.
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