Universally admired for his love and talent for the game, Eusebio was also considered a friend of the club, and while Sir Bobby led Manchester United’s tribute with a pervading sense of sadness, he also described it as an honour to play against and know a footballing giant.
“Without doubt, Eusebio was one of the finest players I ever had the privilege to play against,” Sir Bobby told ManUtd.com. “Not only that, he was a true sportsman, as he proved in applauding Alex Stepney for his save in the European Cup final in 1968.
“His goals record, for Benfica and overall in the game, is incredible and stands the test of time. I met him on numerous occasions after our playing careers had finished and he always represented both his club and his country in exemplary fashion.
“I feel proud to have been both an opponent and friend and am saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”