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Few players are good enough to earn one of the greatest tributes of them all, a permanent monument in a place they used to call home. Eusebio is one of that select circle. Indeed, those flocking to watch Benfica marvel at the bronze statue prominently positioned in front of the Estadio da Luz, featuring the former striker in action.
The Mozambique-born Portugal international spent 15 years of his glittering career at the Lisbon giants, making 365 appearances for them and scoring an astonishing 385 goals. Eusebio helped Benfica to a vast haul of trophies between 1960 and '75, including the European Cup, 11 league titles, and five domestic cups.
In 1965, he won the Ballon d'Or as the best player in Europe. A year later, Eusebio finished top scorer at the 1966 FIFA World Cup England™ with nine goals, including an unforgettable four-goal blitz in Portugal’s 5-3 quarter-final victory over Korea DPR. A Selecção das Quinas ended up third at the tournament, which is still their greatest achievement on the global footballing stage.
After calling time on his illustrious playing career, Eusebio stayed in the game as a coach and official for Benfica. Nowadays, he is a revered ambassador for the Portuguese game all over the world.
Now it's your chance to marvel at Eusebio’s brilliance and learn the fascinating inside story behind the iconic player. FIFA.com is proud to present the enthralling story of the Black Panther – we’re sure you’ll enjoy it.