Portuguese Football Legend Eusebio Dies At 71

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Legendary Portuguese forward Eusebio has died at the age of 71, Daily Mail reports.

The forward scored an incredible 473 goals in 440 matches for Benfica, the Portuguese giants with whom he spent most of his career and won the European Cup in 1962.

He also scored 41 goals in 64 appearances for the Portugal national team, helping them to third place in the 1966 World Cup in England – a tournament in which he was top goalscorer with nine goals.

He memorably scored four goals in the 5-3 quarter-final win over North Korea at Goodison Park.

Nicknamed the Black Panther, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira was famed for his speed, technique and a fearsome right-foot shot that earned him 733 goals in 745 competitive matches in his career.

He is widely considered to be one of the best players to ever grace a football pitch.

Eusebio won the Ballon d’Or in 1965 and was runner-up in 1962 and 1966.

EUSEBIO’S HONOURS

BENFICA
Portuguese League 1960-1961, 1962-1963, 1963-1964, 1964-1965, 1966-1967, 1967-1968, 1968-1969, 1970-1971, 1971-1972, 1972-1973, 1974-1975
Portuguese Cup 1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1972
European Cup 1962

PORTUGAL
World Cup third place 1966

INDIVIDUAL
European Footballer of the Year 1965
European Footballer of the Year runner-up 1962, 1966
European Golden Boot 1968, 1973
European Cup top scorer 1965, 1966, 1968
FIFA World Cup Golden Boot 1966
Portuguese League top scorer 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1973

Wana

Wana

Quo non Ascendam. Writer. E-mail: wana@360nobs.com

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