Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Thousands bid farewell to Eusebio at Estadio da Luz

Thousands bid farewell to Eusebio at Estadio da Luz

Thousands bid farewell to Eusebio at Estadio da Luz

The Portugal and Benfica icon was laid to rest in Lisbon on Monday after his coffin, draped in the club's colours, was taken through the city streets and on to the pitch itself
Thousands of supporters lined the streets of Lisbon and packed into the Estadio da Luz to bid farewell to Portugal and Benfica icon Eusebio, who died on Sunday.

The former forward's coffin - draped in the club's famous colours - was transported through the city as part of a funeral cortege before being taken inside the stadium and placed in a position of honour in the centre circle of the pitch.

Supporters inside and outside the ground chanted the iconic attacker's name as his coffin was carried prior to his burial, due to take place to the north of the city following a special mass in a city church.

A true legacy | Supporters packed into the stands wave flags in honour of their former player

Eusebio, who died of heart complications at the weekend, played more than 300 games for the Portuguese giants during a glittering career, during which he famously lifted two European Cups and guided Portugal to a best-ever third-placed finish in World Cup 1966.

Around 10,000 supporters sang, waved flags and let off fireworks inside the stadium on Monday as Eusebio's coffin was taken to the centre circle and placed on a special golden plinth. Fans also draped scarves and shirts around the statue of the Mozambique-born legend, which stands outside the ground.

Farewell to an icon | Fans throw scarves onto the hearse as Eusebio leaves the stadium for the last time

The footballing world took to social media on Sunday to pay tribute to Eusebio, with Cristiano Ronaldo describing his legacy as "always eternal" while former Seleccao star Luis Figo hailed him as "The king...the greatest." ------------------

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