Eusebio due Silva Ferreira, the Mozambican-born Portuguese football great fondly known as Eusebio has died. He passed on after a heart attack on Sunday at the age of 71.
Eusebio was born in Maputo on January 25, 1942 to a white Angolan railworker and a Mozambican mother. His passion for football was first noticed when he started skipping classes to play ba
For his exploits on the field, he is considered among the greatestfootballers of all time. In Eusebio’s professsional career, he played a total of 745 matches and scored 733 goals. He was largely instrumental to Portugal’s feat of winning third position at the 1966 World Cup. He was the tournament’s top scorer, netting 9 goals. He was also the winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1965.
Out of his 22 years of professional soccer, he spent 15 in Benfica where he earned nicknames like “Black Panther” and “Black Pearl”. As a striker, he was known for ferocious shots and great expertise at taking spot kicks.