Tribute to Eusebio

Tens of thousands of people pay their respects at the funeral of the Portugal football great

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 January, 2014, 11:04pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 January, 2014, 8:13am

Tens of thousands of people turned out to pay tribute to Portugal soccer legend Eusebio as his coffin was taken in a funeral cortège through the streets of Lisbon on Monday.

Flags flew at half mast, with the Portuguese government decreeing three days of mourning for Eusebio, who died of a heart attack on Sunday, aged 71.

Newspapers in Portugal dedicated pages of tributes to the footballer who brought glory to both his club Benfica and his country in the 1960s.

"Goodbye to the legend," said the daily Diario de Noticias while sports daily O Jogo headlined "Eternal" above a photo of Eusebio.

His contemporary, Pele, the Brazilian widely regarded as the greatest footballer ever, said on Twitter: "I cry for the death of my brother Eusebio. We became friends during the 1966 World Cup in England."

In line with Eusebio's wishes, his coffin was placed in the middle of the stadium where he so often delighted fans.

Watch: Portugal pays final homage to football legend Eusebio