Yesterday, football lost a legend. Portuguese icon Eusebio, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died aged 71 from a heart attack on Sunday, prompting tributes from players, pundits, coaches and fans across the world.
Given his contribution to the game, it’s maybe no surprise. Is there a more breathtaking record in international football than his? Eusebio scored 733 goals in 745 competitive games in his career, putting his reputation as one of the greatest players of all time beyond any doubt.
Raised in extreme poverty, the forward would skip school classes to play barefoot football with his friends on improvised pitches using improvised footballs. From those humble beginnings, he became one of the most recognisable faces in sport.
Since his retirement, he continued to act as an ambassador for the game and is still regarded one of the best goalscorers the game has ever seen. He’ll be sorely missed.
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