“I well remember that the Spanish commentators used to change the tone of their voices every time he came into possession of the ball...” - Santiago Segurola, Marca newspaper, Madrid.
Eusébio Ferreira da Silva, Portugal’s greatest ever footballing talent, national icon and monument to both the barnstorming Benfica side of the 60s and of the first great Portuguese national side of the same era, which took the 1966 World Cup finals in England by storm, certainly seemed to have this kind of effect on all who saw him play.
From his early days in the all-conquering Benfica side of the early 60s to later times as the club’s omnipresent ambassador, the man born to humble surroundings in Maputo, Mozambique, could do little wrong in the eyes of his admirers. And of these there were many. You simply did not see the great Eusébio play football without it leaving a deep and lasting mark on you.