Manchester United legend and director Sir Bobby Charlton has paid tribute to Eusebio, who passed away yesterday.

As ambassadors for their respective clubs, the pair crossed paths regularly, forging a bond that endured until Eusebio's death was confirmed on Sunday morning at the age of 71.

"Without doubt, Eusebio was one of the finest players I ever had the privilege to play against," said Charlton.

"Not only that, he was a true sportsman, as he proved in applauding Alex Stepney for his save in the European Cup final.

"His goals record, for Benfica and overall, 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."

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