Eusebio the Black Panther - Soccer player
Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was born at January 25, 1942 in Mozambique. He is popularly known simply as Eusébio, is a Portuguese former football forward of Mozambican origin. He helped the Portugal national team reach third place at the World Cup in 1966, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with 9 goals (6 of which were scored at Goodison Park) and he was elected in 1965, the European Footballer of the Year. He played at the club Benfica for 15 years, and is the team's all-time top scorer.
His nickname is "The Black Panther", or "The Black Pearl". In his career, Eusébio scored 727 goals in 715 games. He is also known for his speed and his powerful, accurate right-footed strike. He is considered Benfica's and Portugal's most renowned player and the first world-class African striker. He was elected the 9th best footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS. Pelé considered Eusébio as one of the 125 best living footballers in his 2004 FIFA 100 list. In November 2003, celebrating UEFA's Jubilee, Eusébio was selected as the Golden Player of Portugal by the Portuguese Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.
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