Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh remembers Portugal legend Eusebio

1965 European Footballer of the Year passed away this month

One of the all-time great soccer players, Eusebio, tragically passed away last weekend. The winner of 10 league titles, five Portuguese cups and the European Footballer of the Year in 1965, Eusebio was the top scorer in the 1966 World Cup.

Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh remembered the Portuguese star, having known him for over 25 years while working with the Scottish Football Association and UEFA. The photo above features Roxburgh, Eusebio and other staff coaches.

“For me, Eusebio was a star, yet he remained amazingly humble and warm towards people, fans and football colleagues alike,” Roxburgh said. “The soccer world has lost a tremendous ambassador for the sport, but his impact on the game will live on for many years to come.”

Eusebio’s club career was highlighted when he played for Portuguese powerhouse Benfica, where he scored 733 times in 745 matches, according to FIFA. He ended his playing days in the United States in the North American Soccer League and American Soccer League, last playing with the New Jersey Americans in 1978.