Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, commonly known as Eusebio, was a legendary Portuguese striker who played for Portugal and the Portuguese club Benfica. He was born on January 25, 1942, in Mozambique and had a successful playing career that spanned over two decades.
Eusebio began his professional career with Sporting Lourenco Marques in Mozambique in 1957, where he quickly established himself as a talented and prolific striker. In 1960, he was signed by Benfica and became an instant sensation, scoring 47 goals in his first season. Eusebio played for Benfica for 15 seasons, winning the European Cup in 1962 and the Portuguese league title eleven times. He was a key player for Benfica during his time at the club, scoring a remarkable 473 goals in 440 appearances.
Eusebio was also a key player for the Portuguese national team, representing his country on 64 occasions and scoring 41 goals. He helped Portugal to reach the semi-finals of the 1966 World Cup, where they were eliminated by eventual champions England. Eusebio was the top scorer of the tournament, scoring nine goals, and was named as the best player of the competition.
Eusebio was known for his exceptional speed, skill, and his ability to score goals. He was also known for his sportsmanship and his humble attitude both on and off the field. He was a true icon of Portuguese football and is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
After retiring from professional football in 1979, Eusebio continued to be involved in football as a coach and as a football ambassador. He was a mentor to many young Portuguese footballers and was a respected figure in the football community. He passed away on January 5, 2014, at the age of 71, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest footballers in history.
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