UEFA to honor Portuguese legend Eusebio

BY foxsports • February 22, 2010

UEFA will honor Portuguese legend Eusebio for his contributions to European football at a ceremony Tuesday in Lisbon.

The "president's award" will be delivered by UEFA chief Michel Platini on the pitch of the Estadio da Luz ahead of a Europa League match between Benfica and Hertha Berlin.

The 68-year-old Eusebio was one of Europe's greatest goal scorers, leading Benfica to the 1962 European Cup and scoring nine times in the 1966 World Cup before Portugal was eliminated in the semifinals by eventual winner England.

Platini said Eusebio embodied "fair play and respect," serving as an example to future footballers.

Last year's honoree was England's Bobby Charlton.

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