A nation says goodbye to legend Eusebio

Around 10,000 mourners applauded and cheered as a hearse carrying Eusebio's coffin drove around Benfica's Stadium of Light in Lisbon yesterday.

The Portuguese football great, who was the top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died last Sunday from a heart attack at age 71. Many fans threw red-and-white Benfica scarves on the hearse and waved red-and-green Portuguese flags as it passed by.

The nation has been celebrating him as an "eternal symbol" of its sporting pride. Fans also lined the streets in the rain to say a final farewell, in an event broadcast live on TV.


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