Soccer legend Eusebio dies, aged 71

Monday 06 January 2014 12.52
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Eusebio is acknowledged as one of the greatest ever footballers
Eusebio is acknowledged as one of the greatest ever footballers
Eusebio (L) pictured here with Luis Figo
Eusebio (L) pictured here with Luis Figo

Portuguese great Eusebio, acknowledged as one of soccer's greatest ever strikers, has died aged 71.

Nick-named "The Black Panther", his full name was Esuebio da Silva Ferreira.

He was born in Mozambique but made his name as a fearsome striker for Portugal at the 1966 World Cup in England, where he top-scored with nine goals to help his team finish third.

He won the European Cup with Benfica in 1962 and was named European Footballer of the Year in 1965.

The Portuguese sports daily A'Bola said Eusebio had died of a cardiac arrest in the early hours of this morning.