Portugal soccer legend Eusebio dies

January 5, 2014

Santa Clara Sporting honor the passing of Eusebio - a Portugese and world cup soccer legend who passed away today. "He has inspired my brother Abel, myself, and soccer stars like Cristiano Ronaldo," said Luis Azevedo, Santa Clara Sporting Sports Director and Board of Directors Member. "Eusebio was an amazing soccr player and a true rags to riches inspiration for many soccer fans around the world." The striker, affectionately known as the "Black Panther," was idolized throughout the Portuguese-speaking world and considered one of the sport's greatest players.

"Always eternal #Eusebio, rest in peace," Real Madrid forward and current Portugal icon Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted alongside a picture of both men together.

Portugal football legend Eusebio, who was a top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died at the age of 71, his former club Benfica said Sunday. He died from a heart attack, the Lisbon side said on its website. Born in 1942 in Mozambique, which was then a Portuguese territory, he scored 41 goals in 64 appearances for his adopted country. Eusebio was European Footballer of the Year in 1965 but won global acclaim a year later at the World Cup in England, where his nine goals helped Portugal reach the semifinals.