Eusebio: Black Panther burns brightest

The football world is in mourning today following the passing of Portugal legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira at the age of 71.

Eusebio scored a superb 41 times in 64 internationals for his country, and made his mark on the 1966 World Cup where he emerged with the Golden Boot after scoring nine goals.

At club level, Benfica was Eusebio’s team between 1960 and 1975, and his bagged a whopping 317 goals in 301 appearance for the Lisbon side.

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) named Eusebio as the ninth best player of the 20th century, and in 2003 the Portuguese Football Federation selected him as the Golden Player of Portugal (their most outstanding player of the past 50 years).

To me, Eusebio will always be the best player of all time.

– Alfredo Di Stefano

Fans of his as well as those not too familiar with exploits with enjoy this short film released in 2012.

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