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Eusebio

Soccer Player

Born: 25 January 1942
Died: 5 January 2014
Birthplace: Lourenco Marques (now Maputo), Mozambique
Best known as:

Portugal's all-time top-scoring footballer

Name at birth: Eusebio da Silva Ferreira

 

Eusebio was born and raised in Mozambique, but in 1961 he began playing professional football for Benfica. Playing for Portugal, Eusebio became one of the top scorers in history. Known as "The Black Pearl" or "The Black Panther," Eusebio was the top scorer for the Portuguese League every year from 1964 to 1973, leading Benfica to ten league championships and 5 cup victories. He finished his playing years in North America, then went into coaching. In 1998 Eusebio was inducted into the International Football Hall of Champions.

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