WORLD CUP : Legend

Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, known as “The Black Pearl”, was born in Mozambique in 1942. He was brought to Portugal in 1961 by Benfica’s coach Bela Guttmann. In one of his first games for Benfica, Eusebio scored a hat-trick against Pele’s Santos.

Eusebio was simply a one-man-attack: speedy, skillful and powerful. In Portuguese league, he scored 319 goals in 313 appearances. He was six times top-scorer in the Portuguese league and twice Golden Boot winner as topscorer in European football (1968 and 1973) and in 1965 he was European Player of the Year.

In 1966 Portugal qualified to the World Cup for their first time. Portugal’s No 13 scored nine goals becoming top-scorer. In the first round, he tore Brazil apart with a memorable performance scoring twice to eliminate the 1958 and 1962 champions.

More success followed even though North Korea led 3-0 at one stage against Portugal in the quarter-final, Eusebio scored four times to rescue his country in the 5-3 win.

Eusebio retired in 1978 and is today regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the history of the game.