Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Eusebio (1942 - 2013)
Eusebio was a Mozambican-born Portuguese football forward. He is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. During his professional career, he scored 733 goals in 745 matches.
He helped the Portuguese national team reach third place at the 1966 World Cup in England, being the top goal scorer of the tournament with nine goals (including four in one match against North Korea and received the Bronze Ball award. He won the Balon d'Or award in 1965 and was runner-up in 1962 and 1966. He played for Benefica for 15 out of his 22 years as a footballer, thus being mainly associated with the Portuguese club, and is the team's all-time top scorer with 638 goals scored in 614 official games. There, he won eleven Primeira Liga titles, five Taca de Portugal titles, a European Cup (1961-!962) and helped them reach three additional European Cup finals. He was the European Cup top scorer in 1965, 1966 and 1968. He also won the Bola de Prata (Primeira Liga top scorer award) a record seven times. He was the first ever player to win the European Golden Boot, in 1968, a feat he replicated in 1973. He died Sunday January 5, 2013. He was 71.