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Bebeto's son Matheus signs for Flamenco

The baby who inspired one of the World Cup’s most famous celebrations looks to be well on his way to following in his father’s footsteps. You feel old right now, don’t you?

Bebeto and Romario rocking the baby during Brazil's semi-final win over the Netherlands.
Bebeto and Romario rocking the baby during Brazil's semi-final win over the Netherlands.
Image: MICHAEL PROBST/AP/Press Association Images

THE WORLD CUP exploits of the Brazilian national side have left an indelible impression on international football.

But their history isn’t just one of silky passes and stunning goals: they were also pioneers of elaborate goal-related mime.

One such example of Brazil’s pioneering spirit came way back in 1994 (U-S-A! U-S-A!), when attacking maestro Bebeto, flush with pride at the recent birth of his son, Matheus, happened upon the “cradle-rocking” celebration that has since become a staple of leagues the world over.

Now, 17 years later, said youngster has joined the ranks of Brazilian side Flamenco.

According to Sambafoot’s Christopher Atkins, Bebeto expects his son to “move up to play with the youth team now”.

And you thought today couldn’t get any more depressing.

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