Mattheus Oliveira: My son can play for Brazil - Bebeto

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Bebeto's son Mattheus Oliveira signs for Sporting Lisbon

Bebeto says son Mattheus Oliveira was "introduced to football" by his famous 1994 World Cup goal celebration and has backed the new Sporting Lisbon signing to emulate him by representing Brazil.

Bebeto scored for Brazil against the Netherlands and marked his son's birth with a 'rocking cradle' celebration.

Midfielder Mattheus, now 22, signed for Portuguese side Sporting on Tuesday.

"When I made that celebration maybe it was like Mattheus was baptised by God," Bebeto told BBC World Service.

"He was the only one of my sons whose birth I didn't attend, because I was playing football. That's why I spontaneously did that celebration."

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Bebeto (centre) celebrates with Brazil team-mates Romario and Mazinho

Mattheus, an attacking midfielder, began his career at Brazilian side Flamengo before moving to Portugal with Estoril.

He has already represented Brazil at youth level from under-15s to under-23s.

"To do that in Brazil you have to have very good potential because every day new players are coming through." added Bebeto.

"People are starting to see his potential. And for me, I have no doubt that he has the potential to play for the Brazilian national team."

The former Flamengo, Vasco da Gama and Deportivo La Coruna striker scored 39 times in 75 appearances for Brazil, winning the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

"With that celebration, Mattheus was introduced to football," he said. "And football was all he was ever interested in. I think his first ever word was probably 'football'."

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