He left his humble origins to emigrate to Portugal in December 1960, at the age of 18. Despite the initial interest shown by Sporting of Lisbon, who negotiated an arrangement with his former team, the player's mother signed a contract with Benfica, where he would end up playing the following 15 years. It was there where he became renowned: 12 Portuguese leagues, 5 cups of Portugal,
However, his greatest feat, in addition to that historic triumph in the European Cup in 1962, was forged in the World Cup of England '66, when he carried his national team to the third place – the best of their history – and finished top scorer, with 9 goals. By then he was already a true star, since he had been granted the Golden Ball in 1965. He would later win the Golden Boot as top scorer in 1966 and 1973.
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