The PFA is saddened by the news that Portuguese football legend Eusebio has died, aged 71. PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor pays his tributes to 'one of the game's greatest players'.

Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, known simply as Eusebio was born in Mozambique in 1942 (when it was still a Portuguese colony) and is widely considered one of the best players of all-time.

He joined Benfica as an 18 year old and went on to score a remarkable 317 goals in 301 appearances for the Lisbon club.

Domestically he won ten league championships and five Portuguese cups and was the league's top scorer seven times.

"A football Icon and one of the game's greatest players."

Gordon Taylor OBE, PFA chief executive.

He won the European Cup with Benfica in 1962 and was named European Footballer of the Year in 1965.

Internationally, Eusebio played 64 times for Portugal, scoring 41 goals - which included 9 goals in the 1966 World Cup, finishing as the tournament's leading scorer.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has paid his tributes to the legendary striker: "A football Icon and one of the game's greatest players. It was a privilege to see him play, to play against him and to know him as a friend."

Taylor added: "Eusebio was a PFA Hall of Fame merit award winner and Guest of Honour who received countless standing ovations when he attended our awards with the Manchester United 1968 European Cup winning team."

Both during his career and after retirement Eusebio was a fantastic ambassador for the game, known for his sportsmanship and humble nature.