7 Jan 2014

Tributes flood in for Eusebio

9:29 am on 7 January 2014

Tens of thousands of people are expected to pay their respects at the funeral of Portuguese footballing legend Eusebio, whose death has sparked worldwide tributes.

Flags flew at half-mast across Lisbon with the Portuguese government decreeing three days of mourning for Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, who died of a heart attack aged 71.

President Anibal Cavaco Silva says Portugal has lost one of its most beloved sons.

Eusebio's contemporary Pele, the Brazilian widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, took to his Twitter account to tell the world: "I cry for the death of my brother Eusebio. We became friends during the 1966 World Cup in England."

The player's body has been taken to Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon, where fans placed flowers, handmade posters and scarves with the club's red and white colours.

A funeral mass will be held in the Seminary Church near the stadium early next week.