Bebeto, whose full name is José Roberto Gama de Oliveira, is a retired Brazilian footballer who had a highly successful playing career both at club and international level. He was known for his skillful dribbling, accurate passing, and clinical finishing, and was one of the most popular and admired players of his generation.
Bebeto was born in Salvador, Brazil in 1964 and began his professional football career at the age of 17 with Vitória, a Brazilian club based in his hometown. After impressing in his early years, he was soon signed by one of Brazil's biggest clubs, Flamengo, where he spent two successful seasons and helped the club win the Brazilian Serie A in 1987.
Bebeto then moved to Vasco da Gama, another top Brazilian club, where he had a highly successful spell, winning the Brazilian Serie A once again in 1989. He was also named the league's best player that year and finished as the league's top scorer with 18 goals.
In 1990, Bebeto moved to Spain to join Deportivo La Coruña, where he quickly established himself as one of the top strikers in La Liga. He helped the club finish as runners-up in the league twice, and also led them to the final of the Copa del Rey in 1995.
Bebeto's most memorable achievement, however, came with the Brazilian national team, with whom he won the 1994 World Cup held in the United States. He was a key member of the Brazilian squad that year, scoring three goals in the tournament, including a crucial equalizer in the quarter-final against the Netherlands.
After the World Cup triumph, Bebeto's career continued to flourish, and he moved to a number of different clubs around the world, including Flamengo, Cruzeiro, and Toros Neza in Mexico. He retired from professional football in 2002, having played in more than 400 matches and scoring over 200 goals.
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