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Brazilian footballer, born in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) on February 16, 1964, in a modest family of eight children, of which José Roberto was the oldest. Bebeto, as it is known in the football world, rose to fame as a player in two of the big teams in Rio de Janeiro: Flamengo and Vasco da Gama. He came to the Liga in the Deportivo de la Coruña, a signing which was a great success for him and for the club, which paid for his transfer 250 million pesetas and according to its President César Lendoiro, not would be you transferred to another club for less than 2 billion. The technician Arsenio was understood perfectly, given their scoring effectiveness and professional maturity. Together with his compatriot Mauro Silva, he was instrumental in that a club that struggled to avoid relegation, would become one of the greats of Spanish soccer, to the point of beginning to be called Superdepor. In 1992, Bebeto was pichichi (top scorer) with 29 goals.
In 1994, the sport failed a penalty in the last minute of the last match that, had it been goal, had given the first League in its history; next season, he won the title of champion of Copa del Rey in 1995, against Valencia, where his game was definitive for final success. On October 1 of that year, 1995, in front of the Albacete League match, Bebeto got the five goals of the triumph of his team, a feat that did not remember in Spanish football for 17 years. On May 26, 1996 played his last encounter with the sporty front Barcelona, on the last day of League in Spain. Accomplished stage, moved to Brazil where he played for Flamengo, team that paid 300 million to the sport, in concept of transfer, and that Bebeto had even a year commitment with the Galician Assembly. In November he returned to Spanish soccer. It was in the ranks of Seville, where he played middle of the season to return to Brazil where he joined the Vitoria of Salvador, capital of Bahia State. So returning to the principle of their profession and to their homeland.
And internationally, in 1983 he beat in the Championship of South America and in the World Championship in Junior category. In 1987 attained the gold medal at the Pan American Games and a year later the silver in the Olympic Games held in Seoul. In 1989 he participated in particular in the victory of the Brazilian team in the America's Cup, being the top scorer of the tournament. But his biggest success came in 1994, when the selection of Brazil, with a front formed by Romarioand Bebeto, won the World Cup in the United States.