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This Thursday marks the third anniversary of the death of the Black Panther.
Three years ago, Mozambican and Portuguese football were waking up to the sad news that Eusébio da Silva Ferreira had died in the early hours of Sunday due to a cardiorespiratory arrest. The Black Panther was 71 when he felt ill at night and eventually did not survive the condition.
Eusébio’s funeral led thousands of people to Benfica’s Stadium [Estádio da Luz ] in Lisbon to pay a last tribute to the former striker of the ‘encarnados’ in the 60s.
Three years later, the body of the former Benfica and Portuguese national team player was transferred to Portugal’s National Pantheon and Eusébio remains a symbol of the club where he became ‘The King’.
Playing for the Portuguese national team, Eusébio was one of the labourers that took Portugal to the third place in the 1966 World Championship. In the memory of all who watched remain the Black Panther’s tears after the defeat against England in the semi-final match.
In total, he scored 546 goals for either the Portuguese national team or the clubs he played for. In Benfica, there were 473 goals in 440 official matches. He committed the feat of scoring 32 goals in 17 consecutive games, having managed to score six goals in the same game three times.
Born in Mafalala, Lourenço Marques, now Maputo, Eusébio was one of the most striking players in the world football. The striker was the first Portuguese / Mozambican to win the Ballon d’Or awarded by France Football when he was only 20 years old.Source: Sapo