FIFA president, Sepp Blatter and Jose Mourinho joined leading football figures have paid tribute to Portugal legend Eusebio, who has died at the age of 71.
The former Benfica striker scored 733 times in 745 professional games and was top goalscorer at the 1966 World Cup.
Eusebio’s compatriot, Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho said of Eusebio: “I think he is immortal.”
Manchester United and England great Sir Bobby Charlton said Eusebio was “one of the finest players I ever had the privilege to play against”.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter tweeted: “Eusebio’s place among the greats will never be taken away.”
In a statement, Benfica said: “We will remember his talent, his example, his character which marked Portuguese football and which established him as a global benchmark for football.
“Eusebio’s life is the heritage of all those who love football.
“Benfica was his home port. He made Benfica more than a club, he made it his home and his family. The memory and legacy of Eusebio will remain among us.”
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo said his countryman was “always eternal” while Luis Figo, who won a record 127 caps for Portugal, described him as “the greatest”.
Ronaldo’s club, Real Madrid, will hold a minute’s silence before Monday’s La Liga match against Celta Vigo, and their players will wear black armbands.
Former Germany captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer, who also starred at the 1966 World Cup, wrote on Twitter: “One of the greatest football players ever has passed away. My thoughts are with his family.”
He was part of the Benfica team beaten 4-1 in extra time byManchester United in the 1968 European Cup final.
Eusebio was born in Mozambique on 25 January 1942.
He Started his career with Sporting Lourenco-Marques, a nursery club of Sporting Lisbon, but was signed by Benfica for £7,500 at the age of 19.
While playing for Benfica he helped his side beat Real Madrid 5-3 in the European Cup final in 1962 and Won 10 league championships and five cups in his 15 years at Benfica.
He Scored 41 goals in 64 international matches for Portugal.
He was named European Footballer of the Year in 1965 and top scorer at the 1966 World Cup with nine goals.