Eusebio is the greatest of all to don the colours of Portugal. Eusebio is the player who scored maximum number of goals for Portugal, 41 of them, in international matches. Eusebio won the 1965 European footballer of the year award for his outstanding performances. He was the top goal scorer of 1966 worldcup held in England. Eusebio was synonymous his speed and powerful shots. Portugal Football federation selected him as their golden player of the last 50 years in 2003.Eusebio had a phenomenal record of being the leading scorer in Portuguese league, from the year 1963 to 1973 as a Benfica player.
Eusebio da Silva Ferrira was born on 25th January 1942 at Lourenco Marques in Mozambique. Also known as “The Black pearl,” young Eusebio started his football career with Sporting Lourenco Marques in 1957.Benfica’s coach Bela Guttmann came to know about Eusebio through Sao Paolo coach at a hair salon located in Lisbon. He went to Mozambique and brought Eusebio to Portugal. Benfica had to stave of dispute with Sporting Lisbon before they were able to field Eusebio. You can have Eusebio wallpapers from here.
He moved to Benfica club in Portugal in 1960 for a nominal transfer fee of 7,500 pounds. He won Portuguese championship in 1961 with Benfica. They ended up as runner up in world club cup. Eusebio scored goals to lead Benfica to 1962 European cup. Benfica won it 5-2 against the mighty Real Madrid. He won eleven Portuguese league titles with Benfica. Eusebio was a part of Benfica’s amazing glory years. Benfica were runner up in European Cup during 1963, 1965 as well as 1968.Eusebio was the first ever to win the European golden boot and he won it in 1968 as well as 1973.He won five Portuguese cups while playing for Benfica. He scored staggering 727 goals in just 715 matches for Benfica, which is really an amazing in any level. After leaving Benfica, he played for S.C. Beira Mar as well as Uniao de Tomar in Portuguese first division and second division respectively. He was part of NASL revolution. He played for Boston Minutemen, Toronto Metros-Croatia, as well as Las Vegas Quicksilver during 1975, 1976, and 1977 respectively. He won NASL championship with Toronto metros in 1976.He played for Monterrey in between for some matches. However, he concluding his club career with New Jersey Americans in American Soccer League after 1978 season. Watch out for amazing Eusebio goals Video here.
Eusebio made his International debut for Portugal in 1961, while playing against Luxembourg. Eusebio had a remarkable world cup in 1996 held in England. Portugal featured in a world cup for the first time in 1966.He slotted in nine goals, though Portugal’s great run ended in semi final. He scored 41 goals for Portugal and was their leading scorer until Pauleta broke the record. He retired from International football in 1973.People remember Eusebio for the amazing four goals, which he scored against DPR Korea in 1966.
Eusebio scored 1137 goals during his 21-year-old football career. He won Portuguese athlete of the year during 1970 as well as 1973.Eusebio scored 46 goals in European club competitions. Eusebio’s statue is there in front of a famous football stadium in Portugal.