Eusebio: Portugal legend dies aged 71

Portuguese football legend Eusebio dies after a heart attack, aged 71. The former Portugal striker was the tournament’s top scorer in the 1966 World Cup, although England famously managed to lift the trophy.

Eusebio was born in Mozambique in 1942, and had a good goalscoring record for his national side. Altogether he played 64 times for Portugal and scored 41 goals. He scored nine times in the 1966 World Cup, including four against North Korea.

Eusebio da Silva Ferreira also had a glittering club football career for Benfica. He managed to score 733 goals in 745 professional football matches. Eusebio is widely considered as one of the greatest ever players football has ever witnessed.

Known for his physical attributes such as dribbling and acceleration, Eusebio became European World Player of the Year in 1965, just a year before Benfica lost to Manchester United in the European Cup final in 1968 at Wembley.

The loss of one of football’s biggest name has shocked millions around the world. Former 2008 Ballon D’Or winner and Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo where amongst many others to pay their tributes.

“Always eternal, Eusebio, rest in peace”, tweeted Ronaldo.

Other Portuguese footballing heroes such as Luis Figo and Jose Mourinho also paid tributes to Eusebio, in which some would argue is the king of Portuguese football.

After his successful career for both club and country, Eusebio later became an ambassador for Benfica and Portuguese football.

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