People we lost in 2014: Portuguese football legend Eusebio

People we lost in 2014: Portuguese football legend Eusebio

Death of a legend

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45678 Editor’s note: In a series of articles, CNN journalists are sharing stories of deaths in 2014 that affected them personally. To share your story, please visit CNN iReport . (CNN) — In Portugal and in particular for supporters of Benfica football club, the name of Eusebio da Silva Ferreira is synonymous with greatness.Even though my generation never actually saw him play, we were able to access plenty of archive footage in which he showcased his skill on the pitch.But the real insight came from generations before me, like my parents or grandparents. Through them, I was able to learn about the man and athlete known to the world as "A Pantera Negra" (The Black Panther).Those stories still resonate till this day almost like fairy tales.The young kid who ended up traveling almost 5,000 miles to pursue his passion for soccer and ended up with a lot more than he bargained for. The teen striker moved to Portugal at the age of 18, […]

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