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Football legend Eusebio dies aged 71

By Mark Harradine     Jan 5, 2014 in Sports
Football legend Eusebio da Silva Ferreira has died from a heart attack aged 71. The famed striker was born in Mozambique in 1942 and during his long and glittered career played 64 times for Portugal scoring 41 goals.
Described by many as one of the greatest players ever to play the game Eusebio was the top scorer at the 1966 World Cup in England with nine goals. His club career started with Sporting de Lourenço Marques as a teenager before moving to Benfica at the age of 18. He became a club legend, scoring 614 goals in 638 total appearances. He won various cups, including the 1962 European Cup when he scored twice as Benfica beat Real Madrid 5 – 3. Eusebio also collected a number of individual accolades including the 1965 European Footballer of the Year, the 1968 Golden Boot winner as the leading goal scorer in Europe and was the top scorer in the Portuguese league seven times. He helped his beloved Benfica win the Portugese league, the Primeira Liga, 11 times and the Portuguese Cup 5 times.
"Always eternal, Eusebio, rest in peace," commented Cristiano Ronaldo, the current captain of Portugal, on Twitter. And Jose Mourinho stated on RTP television that "I think he is immortal. We all know what he meant for football and especially for Portuguese football. He was not only a great inspiration but also an important figure in upholding the values, principles and feelings of football, even after finishing his career."
Eusebio died at his home at approximately 3.30 GMT on the 5th of January 2014 after collapsing from a heart attack. He had visited hospital several times over the last few years complaining of heart and breathing problems.
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