Greatest Footballers Of All Time | Top 50 List

23. Eusebio

A prolific goalscorer who possessed blistering speed and incredible athleticism, Eusebio was a player well ahead of his time and is universally acclaimed as the greatest African-born footballer in the history of the sport. Leaving his native Mozambique in the late 1950s to join Benfica, between 1960 and 1975 he won a European Cup and 11 Primeira Liga championships, averaging more than a goal per game over six different seasons.

He won the Golden Boot at the 1966 World Cup and was undoubtedly the national team’s greatest ever player until the ascension of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Career highlight: Winning the Ballon d’Or in 1965 ahead of Inter greats Giacinto Facchetti and Luis Suarez.

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