Monday, April 12, 2010

From the dirty business of stealing football stars to the clean goalscoring: the Golden Shoe award. Eusebio won it for a second time – he was the very first winner of the award in 1968. Numbers are numbers, can’t argue with them – Eusebio scored 40 goals for Benfica. The most in Europe. However, this is was the last international award for the Mozambique-born star. He was already 31 years old and his goals in the weak Portuguese championship are a bit misleading: Eusebio was fading away, something clearly seen when he played for the national team of Portugal. Yet another great player more and more considered belonging to the past, to the gone 1960s. Eusebio still had quite a few years to play ahead of him, but 1973 was closing time already.

40 goals – still the best in Europe. Not bad for a good bye.