The birth of Bebeto’s cherished son became the inspiration for one of the most famous World Cup celebrations at USA 1994 as the Brazilian celebrated the much-imitated ‘rocking baby’ goal dedication for the very first time.
Now, 23 years on, the Brazilian legend Bebeto’s son Mattheus Oliveira (pictured above on right) is back in the spotlight after signing for Sporting Lisbon this week.
Bebeto gained widespread acclaim during the 1994 World Cup as an infamous goal poacher, who scored 39 goals in 75 appearances for Brazil, and carried his side to a penalty shoot-out victory of Italy in the 1994 final.
The striker cradled an imaginary baby in a choreographed celebration alongside Brazil team-mates Romario and Mazinho after netting in Brazil’s 3-2 quarter-final victory over the Netherlands at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Sporting Lisbon have confirmed that Oliveira has signed a contract until 2022, with a release clause set at and eye-popping 60 million euros.
In a statement, the Portuguese club said: “Sporting SAS wishes Mattheus Oliveira the greatest professional and personal happiness.”
Brazil dramatically beat Italy in the 1994 World Cup final on penalties when Roberto Baggio blazed his spot-kick over the bar in a packed Pasadena Rose Bowl after a tense Final finished 0-0 after extra time.
Mattheus Oliveira has four Brazil U20 caps and has previously featured in Portugal for Estoril where he played on loan from parent club Flamengo. But the chance of the lank-haired Rio de Janeiro native reprising his dad’s famous goal celebration in the Portuguese capital appears to be limited. The left-footed midfielder does not appear to have inherited his father’s predatory instinct in front of goal, being featured in both central and wide roles for his clubs to date.