Charlton praises 'true sportsman' Eusebio

Sir Bobby Charlton hailed Eusebio as a "true sportsman" and one of the finest players he ever played against following the former Portugal forward's death at the age of 71 on Sunday.

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

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.

– Bobby Charlton