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Eusebio





Benfica coach Bela Guttmann had first heard about a talented young footballer from Mozambique while having his hair cut in a Lisbon barber shop in 1961. Sitting in the chair next to him was the coach of Brazilian side Sao Paolo who were touring Portugal. He told Guttmann about a brilliant young footballer that he had seen in Portuguese East Africa. The Benfica coach sent spies to check out the young Eusebio and they quickly told him that the youngster was the real thing. Guttmann later said: ‘We kept him hidden from our great rivals Sporting who also wanted him and we bought him for $20,000.’ Eusebio, who went on to be nicknamed the Black Panther, would turn out to be a player that could not only fit into a European Cup winning team, but improve it even further with his pace, guile and powerful shooting as he went on to be one of the legends of European Cup history.

With Benfica he won the European Cup twice and the Portugese Championship eleven times. Eusebio scored 46 times in the European Cup. In 1966 he was both European Footballer of the Year and the top goalscorer in the World Cup in England. In his career he scored a remarkable 727 goals in 715 games.

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