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Eusébio dies at 71; Portuguese soccer star in the 1960s
Eusébio dies at 71; Portuguese soccer star in the 1960s

Eusébio, the Portuguese soccer star who was born into poverty in Africa but became an international sporting legend and was voted one of the 10 best players of all time, died Sunday, his longtime club, Benfica, said. He was 71. Eusébio had heart and respiratory problems, and was treated at hospitals several times in the last year, his biographer, Jose Malheiro, told reporters. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, known at times in his career as the Black Panther of Mozambique, was one of the world's top scorers during his heyday in the 1960s. When Italian clubs tried to lure him away from Portugal with an astronomical salary in 1964, Portugal's then-dictator, Antonio...

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