On that day

The pioneer of Portuguese football

January 22, 2009
By John Brewin
In being recently awarded the prestigious Ballon D'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo became the third Portuguese footballer to be given this glittering prize by France Football magazine. Both he and the second, Luis Figo, now in his dotage at Inter Milan, owe plenty to the first winner from their country; a player who put their country on the footballing map.

Sunday sees Eusébio da Silva Ferreira celebrate his 67th birthday. He remains Portugal's favourite son, the player who took them to the brink ...

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