Football Loses a Legend: Portugal Hero Eusebio Dies at the Age of 71

Portuguese football legend Eusebio has died at the age of 71.

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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.

A spokesman for Benfica said: ‘We have just received confirmation of the death of Eusebio. It’s a very sad day for all of us.’

The club were unable to confirm details of Eusebio’s death but reports in Portugal say he died of a cardiac arrest in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He had been in poor health for some time and was hospitalised during Euro 2012 after suffering a heart scare in Poland.

 

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