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Portuguese Soccer Legend Eusebio Has Died

The striker was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup and considered one of the best players of all time.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 12:28 p.m. ET

Posted on January 5, 2014, at 5:27 a.m. ET

Portuguese legend Eusebio has died at 71 from cardio-pulmonery arrest.

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He scored 733 times in 745 professional matches.

And played 64 times for Portugal, scoring 41 goals.

His goals in the 1966 World Cup helped his country reach third place.

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He had been to hospital several times in the past year with heart problems.

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Footballers from Portugal and around the world paid tribute.

Always eternal #Eusebio, rest in peace

Cristiano Ronaldo

@Cristiano

Always eternal #Eusebio, rest in peace

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

Luís Figo

@LuisFigo

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

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

michael owen

@themichaelowen

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

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Sad news that Eusebio has died. One of the greats of his generation. Could play and strike a ball like very few others. #RIP

Gary Lineker

@GaryLineker

Sad news that Eusebio has died. One of the greats of his generation. Could play and strike a ball like very few others. #RIP

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

Franz Beckenbauer

@beckenbauer

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

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At the moment though this isn't the most important thing, what's most important is to remember the man who was, and always will be, in the place of the imortals of this country and was clearly of emblematic importance for Portuguese in the 20th century, above all during the 1960s when Portugal lived under a dictatorship.
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