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Ronaldo leads the way in tributes to Portuguese legend Eusebio

Published 05/01/2014 | 11:07

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has led the way in paying tribute to his fellow countryman Eusebio who has died at the age of 71.

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Known as the Black Panther, he finished as top scorer at the 1966 World Cup where Portugal finished in third place and will be remembered as one of the finest strikers of all-time.

Ronaldo who has arguably become Portugal’s most talented and decorated player since Eusebio was one of many figures from within the game to pay tribute on Twitter to the former Benfica forward.

Ronaldo

@Cristiano: Always eternal #Eusebio, rest in peace

Paul McGrath

@Paulmcgrath5: Eusebio R. I P . When greats were great

Vincent Kompany

@VincentKompany: Respect to a man who meant so much to the game I cherish. Eusebio, one of the all time greatest, may he Rest In Peace

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

Michael Owen

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

Xabi Alonso

@XabiAlonso: RIP Eusebio (1942-2014). One of the greats

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