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Portugal says farewell to the king of football

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Portugal says farewell to the king of football


Despite pouring rain, hundreds of football fans supported family and friends of the legendary Eusebio as he was laid to rest in a Lisbon cemetery..

Considered one of football’s all time greats, the former Benfica striker died on Sunday from heart failure. He was aged 71.

The government has decreed three days of mourning for the man described as the eternal symbol of Portugal’s football pride.

Earlier hundreds had attended a funeral mass at the Church of Seminario

Everyone from Portugal’s prime minister to fellow footballers have paid tribute to Eusebio da Silva Ferreira’s flare and skill and unstoppable scoring talent.

But it was as his coffin toured Benfica’s Stadium of Light that emotion caught up with mourners. Many of them in tears threw red and white club scarves on the hearse chanting farewell to the King of football.

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