President Blatter's Eusebio sadness
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FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter sent a letter of condolence this Monday to the president of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), Fernando Gomes, in the wake of the death of former Portuguese footballer Eusebio da Silva Ferreira.   

"I would like to express my profound sadness upon learning of the death of Eusebio, a football legend who will be sorely missed, but who will forever remain among the game’s greats," said Blatter in the letter sent to the FPF, in which he recalled the achievements of the Portuguese player who was born in Mozambique.

"Eusebio was a great player and a great ambassador for football and for FIFA. He not only had astonishing talent but also a deep sense of fair play. He won countless trophies at his club, Benfica, and was the top scorer at the 1966 World Cup. Individually, he was awarded the Ballon d’Or in 1965 and selected as one of the greatest players of the century by FIFA," added Blatter. 

"I would like to present my condolences to his family, to Benfica supporters and to the Portuguese football community as a whole. Please let it be known that today the football world is with you, and I hope these words can bring some comfort in this moment of grief. To mark this moment, the Portuguese flag here at FIFA headquarters will remain at half mast for three days," said the FIFA President.