Eusebio is number 20 in 90min's Top 50 Greatest Footballers of All Time series


Eusebio was a remarkable footballer; lightning-quick, and with the innate ability to create something from nothing. Such was his talent at the time that he became a trailblazer for African footballers.


He had an astonishing scoring record. There's prolific, and then there's Eusebio. The Portuguese international averaged more than a goal a game in over 600 appearances for Benfica.


Here are four of his best moments from Eusebio's esteemed career.


Tournoi de Paris Cameo vs Pele's Santos

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In 1961, Benfica were invited to play in the invitational Tou​rnoi de Paris, with Benfica reaching the final against a Pele-inspired Santos side.


Eusebio had only featured a handful of times for the Portuguese outfit at this point in his career, and was thrust onto the pitch in the second half with Benfica trailing 4-0.


The forward announced himself to the world by scoring a 17-minute hat-trick and winning his side a penalty. Although Santos eventually won the game 6-3, it was the 19-year-old Eusebio on the front of all the French newspapers the following day.


1962 European Cup Final

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Benfica came up against the might of Real Madrid in the 1962 European Cup final, aiming to secure their second European Cup in successive seasons.


Eusebio scored twice in the space of five minutes as Benfica ran out 5-3 winners over a Real side containing fellow greats Alfredo de Stefano and Ferenc Puskas​.


At full time, he swapped shirts with Puskas, who had scored a hat-trick in the final, a symbolic passing of the baton from football's greatest goalscorer to the future world beater.


That season, Eusebio finished runner up in the European Footballer of the Year award. Quite a way to conclude your first-ever season as a professional footballer.


1965 European Footballer of the Year

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Eusebio didn't have to wait long to get his hands on the top individual prize in world football, as his stunning displays saw him crowned European Footballer of the Year in 1965.


He played pivotal part of the Benfica side that won the Primeira Liga for a third year in a row. Eusebio would also go on to finish runner-up in the award the following year.


1966 World Cup

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Undoubtedly Eusebio's most iconic career moments happened at the 1966 World Cup. The forward took the tournament by storm, finishing as the top scorer with nine goals.


In the group stages, he scored twice against defending champions Brazil - including a fabulous volley - to set up the famous quarter-final against North Korea.


Portugal were trailing 3-0, until Eusebio inspired an astonishing turnaround, scoring four goals as Portugal staged a remarkable fightback and won 5-3.


90min's 'Top 50 Greatest Footballers of All Time' can be found here.


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Number 49: John Charles

Number 48: Hugo Sanchez

Number 47: Jairzinho

Number 46: Omar Sivori

Number 45: Paolo Rossi

Number 44: Paul Breitner

Number 43: George Weah

Number 42: Kaka

Number 41: Lev Yashin

Number 40: Gunnar Nordahl

Number 39: Kevin Keegan

Number 38: Hristo Stoichkov

Number 37: Gianluigi Buffon

Number 36: Johan Neeskens

Number 35: Xavi Hernandez

Number 34: Luis Suarez

Number 33: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Number 32: Andres Iniesta

Number 31: Rivelino

Number 30: Bobby Moore

Number 29: Socrates

Number 28: Sandor Kocsis

Number 27: Lothar Matthaus

Number 26: Ronaldinho

Number 25: Ruud Gullit

Number 24: Bobby Charlton

Number 23: Giuseppe Meazza

Number 22: Raymond Kopa 

Number 21: ​Romario