Portugal legend Eusebio, 70, is recovering in hospital after complaining that he was feeling unwell and is said to be in a stable condition.
He attended Portugal’s 1-0 quarter final win over the Czech Republic as the national team ambassador on Thursday. Eusebio was taken to hospital in Poznan, Poland on Saturday after complaining of feeling unwell.
A Portuguese Football Federation statement read: “Eusebio felt unwell on Saturday when he was at the hotel with the team in Opalenica. After an initial observation and contacting his doctor in Lisbon, he moved as a precaution to a hospital.”
The Portuguese ace has a history of heart problems and underwent a heart operation five years ago. He has been in and out of hospital since December making three visits and is suffering from hypertension for which he must undertake regular medical examinations.
Hospital spokesman Stanislaw Rusek said, “The news is good. Doctors are satisfied that his condition is stable. I talked to him and I asked him if his heart hurt. He said not at all.”
Eusebio played 64 times for Portugal, scoring 41 goals with the 1966 world cup semi final appearance a highlight in a stunning career international career. He is fondly remembered for his heroics during the world cup where he won the golden boot scoring 9 goals in the process including a 4 goal haul against North.
During his 22 year professional career as a striker, Eusebio scored 733 goals in 745 games. The diminutive striker spent 15 goal laden years at Benfica scoring 638 goals in 614 games winning 10 league championships, five Portuguese league cups and a European Cup. He was Portugal’s top scorer for an unprecedented 10 season between 1964 and 1973.