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Football: 'Black Panther' Eusebio dies at 71

Portuguese football legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, also known as "Pantera Negra" (Black Panther), giving a press conference for the launch of his biography on his 70th birthday at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon, on Jan 25, 2012. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Portuguese football legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, also known as "Pantera Negra" (Black Panther), giving a press conference for the launch of his biography on his 70th birthday at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon, on Jan 25, 2012. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Former Portuguese football legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, more commonly known as Eusebio (left), and German forward Gerd Mueller posing for photographers during an awards ceremony in Paris after receiving respectively the golden and silver shoes f
Former Portuguese football legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, more commonly known as Eusebio (left), and German forward Gerd Mueller posing for photographers during an awards ceremony in Paris after receiving respectively the golden and silver shoes for being the best goal scorers in Europe, on Oct 20, 1973. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Former Portuguese football legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, more commonly known as Eusebio, leaving the pitch at the end of the Eusebio Cup football match at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon, on  July 27, 2012. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Former Portuguese football legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, more commonly known as Eusebio, leaving the pitch at the end of the Eusebio Cup football match at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon, on  July 27, 2012. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Former Portuguese football legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, more commonly known as Eusebio, leaving the pitch at the end of the Eusebio Cup football match at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon, on July 27, 2012. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Former Portuguese football legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, more commonly known as Eusebio, leaving the pitch at the end of the Eusebio Cup football match at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon, on July 27, 2012. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Football legend and former Portugal's national team player Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, more commonly known as Eusebio, at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, on June 20, 2004. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Football legend and former Portugal's national team player Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, more commonly known as Eusebio, at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, on June 20, 2004. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Football legend and former Portugal's national team player Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, more commonly known as Eusebio, waving to the crowd during Portugal's team training session at the Heidewald Stadium in Gutersloh, on June 18, 2006. Euseb
Football legend and former Portugal's national team player Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, more commonly known as Eusebio, waving to the crowd during Portugal's team training session at the Heidewald Stadium in Gutersloh, on June 18, 2006. Eusebio died at the age of 71 on Jan 5, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP;

LISBON (AFP) - Portuguese football legend Eusebio, who was the top scorer in the 1966 World Cup, died on Sunday at the age of 71, his former club Benfica confirmed.

The Mozambican-born Eusebio died of cardio-pulmonary arrest at 0430 GMT (12.30pm Singapore time), the club said.

Eusebio, the 1965 European Footballer of the Year, is considered one of the best footballers of all time and the best ever from Portugal.

During his career with Benfica, the Lisbon side won the European Cup in 1962. He scored 733 times in 745 professional matches.

Nicknamed the "Black Panther", he also helped Portugal take third place in the 1966 World Cup in England, where he was top scorer with nine goals.

He won 10 league titles and five Portuguese cups in his 15 years at Benfica and was Portugal's top league scorer between 1964 and 1973.

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