Lisbon, Portugal, Dec 21: Benfica says former star Eusebio has been hospitalized after displaying early symptoms of pneumonia.
The Portuguese club said in a brief statement on its website Wednesday that Eusebio has been admitted to Lisbon's Hospital da Luz. It gave no further details.
The Portuguese Football Federation said it had no official information.
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 the Portuguese national team.
Eusebio scored 41 goals in 64 games for Portugal. He has since been a "soccer ambassador" for Benfica and Portugal.