Eusébio has surgery to unclog artery
Posted: Monday April 23, 2007 10:36AM; Updated: Monday April 23, 2007 10:36AM
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Former Portugal striker Eusebio had surgery to unclog an artery Monday
Doctors said an hourlong procedure went well and Eusebio was recovering in intensive care.
Eusebio, 65, was admitted to a Lisbon hospital Friday after complaining he felt unwell. Doctors said a cartoid artery had narrowed and was reducing the flow of blood to his brain, putting him in danger of a stroke.
Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, who was born in Mozambique when it was still a Portuguese colony, became known as "The Black Panther" for his powerful performances in the 1960s for Benfica and Portugal.
In 1998, a panel of 100 experts gathered by soccer's world governing body FIFA, named him to its International Hall of Fame as one of the sport's 10 all-time greats.
Eusebio played 64 times for Portugal and scored 41 goals.
He helped Benfica win the European Cup in 1962, beating Real Madrid 5-3, and was voted European Player of the Year in 1965.
Eusebio scored 727 goals in 715 appearances for Benfica.
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