Monday, January 6, 2014

Football loses a legend: Portugal hero Eusebio - one of the true greats of the game - dies at the age of 71

Thumbs up: Eusebio after arriving with the Benfica team for the European Cup final with Manchester United at Wembley in 1968
Portuguese football legend Eusebio has died at the age of 71.
The forward scored an incredible 473 goals in 440 matches for Benfica, the Portuguese giants with whom he spent most of his career and won the European Cup in 1962.
He also scored 41 goals in 64 appearances for
the Portugal national team, helping them to third place in the 1966 World Cup in England - a tournament in which he was top goalscorer with nine goals.
He memorably scored four goals in the 5-3 quarter-final win over North Korea at Goodison Park.
Display: Eusebio's coffin arrives at Benfica's Luz Stadium to be displayed in a chapel of rest on Sunday evening

During this time, he won a string of individual honours, including the Ballon d'Or for European Footballer of the Year in 1965 and the European Golden Boot in 1968 and 1973.
His last appearance for Benfica came on June 18, 1975.
Eusebio spent the twilight of his career in the North American Soccer League with the Boston Minutemen, Toronto Metros-Croatia and Las Vegas Quicksilvers, interspersed with spells at other clubs in Portugal and Mexico.
Internationally, Eusebio scored 41 goals in 64 matches - a record that stood until Pauleta surpassed it in October 2005.

Tribute: Fans flock to Benfica's stadium to pay tribute to the Portugal legend who died on Sunday

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