April 30th, 2012 by darren
Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, better known simply as Eusébio, is widely considered one of the greatest footballers in history. If he is not on your top ten list then please take a look at the achievements of this Mozambique-born player and watch and admire his goal-scoring prowess in the videos included here.
Eusébio commenced his playing career in the youth set up at Maputo-based, Sporting Clube de Lourenço Marques and made a number of senior appearances for them before moving to Portugal and commencing a 14 year long career with Benfica. His career got off to a flying start, scoring a hat-trick in his first appearance. Eusébio’s greatness as a player at Benfica is equally measurable by his goal-scoring record and the medals and trophies won. He scored an amazing 462 goals in 437 games in league and cup competition between 1961 and 1975. Few footballers achieve a strike-rate of a goal every 2 games and yet Eusébio’s record translates as an astonishing 1.06 goals per game. Eusébio won a fantastic 11 league championship-winning medals in the Primeira Liga, five domestic cup winners medals in the Taça de Portugal and one European Cup winners medal.
Having played his final game for Benfica in 1975, the following 5 years saw him play in the North American Soccer League, playing for a number of clubs, a brief spell in Mexico and 2 seasons back in Portugal. He played his final club game in 1980 in the Major Indoor Soccer League for Buffalo Stallions.
At international level, Eusébio played in only one World Cup Finals tournament in England in 1966. He finished the tournament as the top goal scorer, scoring 9 goals, including 4 in the quarter-finals against North Korea. Eusébio helped Portugal to a third place finish in the tournament.
Eusébio’s personal achievements rank amongst the very best. He won the Ballon D’Or once in 1965, he was top scorer in the Portuguese League 6 times, European Golden Boot winner twice, and was named as Portugal’s best player for 50 years in 2003.
An appraisal of the qualities and characteristics of Eusébio as one of the greatest footballers and goal-scorers in the history of the game reveals that he used power, pace and an accurate right foot to score goals. He was very much an individual who would take personal responsibility for his team’s goalscoring. With Eusébio on the pitch, his teams didn’t need another striker.
With perhaps the greatest goal-scoring strike-rate in the history of the game, Eusébio is without a doubt one of the all time greats of the beautiful game.