When Sydney FC announced their new marquee signing fans would have been scratching their heads.
At this stage it's hard to say. However, when you stack up the 31-year old against the Sky Blues' previous marquee strikers, he leaves a lot to be desired.
The forward definitely has big shoes to fill. Italian legend, Alessandro Del Piero, who played for the Sky Blues in 2012/13 and 2013/14, was a statement of intent and proved a game-changer for the club. Austrian, Marc Janko, was close to his peak across 2014/15, scoring a club record 16 goals in 24 games, and recently captained his nation at Euro 2016.
When you compare him to these signings, Bobô disappoints. While he's represented his country at youth level, the 31-year old has never played a senior international for Brazil, and certainly isn't the high profile deal fans have been demanding. But is that necessarily a bad thing?
I'll admit the logic behind the striker's transfer makes sense. Sydney FC were looking for a reliable goal scorer, after struggling to find the back of the net last season, and Bobô appears an excellent finisher. He banged in 133 goals in 294 games while playing for Besiktas and Kayserispor in Turkey.
However, the Turkish league is hardly the most competitive and the Brazilian scored a fair chunk of these goals across 2005 to 2011. After moving to Gremio in the Brazilian league for 2015/16, Bobô was released after playing most of the season off the bench. Forgive me if I'm a little suspicious in wondering whether he's past his best.
A lacklustre end to the 2015/16 campaign means Sydney FC coach, Graham Arnold, is under pressure to perform and, after reportedly scouring through a list of 159 players, you hope he's made the right decision. When asked about Bobô, he replied "we’ve done our due diligence and we’re convinced he’ll be the right fit".
Even so, I'm not exactly impressed. The inaugural champions seriously lacked ambition this transfer window. Remember, superstars such as Ronaldinho, Tim Cahill and Diego Forlan were up for grabs. It’s unlikely Bobô will be an instant commercial success, so it's vital he delivers on the pitch.
Whether the Sky Blues have overpaid for a faded star or uncovered a hidden gem remains to be seen, although I'm hoping Sydney FC will prove me wrong and have found the next Besart Berisha. You certainly can't compare every Brazilian striker with the great Ronaldo (you know, the fat one) and only time will tell if Bobô flops or not.