17 Shocking Secrets About Eusebio

1. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira GCIH, GCM was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker.

2. Eusébio is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

3. Nicknamed the Black Panther, , he was known for his speed, technique, athleticism and his ferocious right-footed shot, making him a prolific goalscorer.

4. There, he won eleven Primeira Liga titles, five Taça de Portugal titles, a European Cup .

5. He is the eighth-highest goalscorer in the history of the European Cup and the second-highest, behind Alfredo Di Stéfano, in the pre-Champions League era with 48 goals.

6. Il a également remporté la Bola de Prata un record de sept fois.

7. He was the first ever player to win the European Golden Boot, in 1968, a feat he replicated in 1973.

8. He was elected the ninth-best footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS and the tenth-best footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the World Soccer magazine. Pelé named Eusébio as one of the 125 best living footballers in his 2004 FIFA 100 list.

9. He was seventh in the online poll for UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll.

10. From his retirement until his death, Eusébio was an ambassador of football and was one of the most recognizable faces of his generation.

11. Homages by FIFA, UEFA, the Portuguese Football Federation and Benfica have been held in his honour.

12. Former Benfica and Portugal teammate and friend António Simões acknowledges his influence on Benfica and said: “With Eusébio maybe we could be European Champions, without him maybe we could win the league”.

13. Eusébio was born in the Mafalala neighborhood, Lourenço Marques , Portuguese Mozambique on 25 January 1942.

14. His parents were Laurindo António da Silva Ferreira, a white Angolan railroad worker from Malanje and Elisa Anissabeni, a black Mozambican woman.

15. Raised in an extremely poor society, he used to skip school classes to play barefoot football with his friends in improvised pitches and using improvised footballs.

16. His father died from tetanus when Eusébio was eight years old, so Elisa almost exclusively took the parental care of young Eusébio.

17. He first started to play for a local amateur team called Os Brasileiros , in honour of the great Brazil national team of the 1950s that he and his friends formed, they would play under the names of some of those superstars.

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