Tributes have been pouring in for Portuguese football legend, Eusebio, who passed away from a heart attack at the age of 71 yesterday afternoon. According to FIFA’s records, he has scored a whopping 679 goals in 678 official games during his 15 years at Benfica and was best remembered for his wonderful performance at the 1966 World Cup in England, where he scored nine goals.
From Luis Figo to Ronaldo, world football greats were all quick to send their condolences and messages of strength and support for his family yesterday. However, Jose Mourinho’s own insights from his childhood with Eusebio was probably the most interesting of them all.
“For us, for you Eusébio is one of the greatest footballers. For Portugal he means more than that. No colour, no clubs, no political sides. For Portuguese people Eusébio is Eusébio. I [have known] him since [I was] a kid. He played against my father. Every year when I was a kid he was sending me a shirt, a ball, a boot. I think guys like him, they never die. History doesn’t let them die.” – Jose Mourinho (Chelsea coach)