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The Portugal legend died on Sunday at the age of 71, with the game's great and good paying their respects through the medium of social media

On Sunday morning the world of football woke to the news that Portugal legend Eusebio had passed away at the age of 71.

The Benfica great lifted the European Cup with the Aguias in 1962, was named European Footballer of the Year in 1965 and scored nine goals at the 1966 World Cup.

He is rightly regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play the game, with tributes flooding in from some of football's finest via Twitter, as reaction to his death gathers pace.


The Black Pearl | Eusebio and Gerd Muller hold aloft the golden and silver boots in 1973

Goal rounds up the latest tweets from across the globe, with two more of Portugal's finest footballers paying their respects along with a host of respected figures and institutions.

TRIBUTES IN TWEETS

Cristiano Ronaldo ‏
Always eternal #Eusebio, rest in peace

Xabi Alonso 

RIP Eusebio (1942-2014). One of the greats


Luís Figo

The king!! Grande perda para todos nos! O mais grande!! 

michael owen

Sad to hear that Eusébio has passed away. 733 goals in 745 appearances will always mark him down as a true legend of the game. R.I.P.

 Vincent Kompany

Respect to a man who meant so much to the game I cherish. Eusebio, one of the all time greatest, may he Rest In Peace.

Manchester United

We're saddened to hear Benfica legend Eusebio has passed away. He was a fantastic player and a friend of the club.

 
                Old friends | Eusebio and Bobby Charlton did battle at the 1966 World Cup

Joseph S Blatter

Football has lost a legend. But Eusebio’s place among the greats will never be taken away (1/2)

Eusebio was a football & FIFA ambassador. He’ll be sorely missed. Rest in peace Black Panther (2/2)
 

One of the greatest football players ever has passed away. My friend Eusebio died last night. My thoughts are with his family.

Ruud Gullit

A great footballer left us and I want to say thanks to Eusébio for all his greatness and beautiful football moments that he gave us
 

Peter Schmeichel 

Sad news that Eusebio has passed away, he was a true legend, a fantastic ambassador to football, a gentleman to the core. R.I.P. Sir

Arsenal

Rest in peace, Eusebio - Portuguese football legend.

Mark van Bommel

RIP Eusebio one of the best ever! #legend #Eusebio

Gordon Banks told The Sentinel:

“He was one of those players who could do things with that heavy ball that very few in this country could do.

"He could hit it with the inside of his foot, the outside. It made me quite pessimistic when he was taking free-kicks."

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