Final respects paid to footballing legend Eusebio

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Final respects paid to footballing legend Eusebio

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The good and great of Portuguese and world football on Monday paid their final respect to the one of the country’s finest players – Eusebio.

Eusebio was arguably one of the best footballers of all time – he died on Sunday morning following a heart attack aged 71.

Family, friends, former teammates and thousands of fans visited their hero whose body laid in state at Benfica’s Luz stadium before his funeral later on Monday in Lisbon.

Thousands more paid tribute to Eusebio as the former striker’s coffin draped in the club’s colours was carried around the pitch.

Nicknamed the ‘Black panther’ Eusebio da Silva Ferreira was instrumental in helping benfica to the 1962 European Cup and as well as to 11 domestic league titles.

The former European footballer of the year topped the scorer’s charts at the 1966 World Cup in England with 9 goals – four of which came against North Korea.

He played 64 times for his country, scored 733 goals in 745 professional matches and was without doubt the pride of Portuguese football.