The Portuguese player, full name Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, died on Sunday (January 5) from cardio-pulmonery arrest.
Considered one of the best players of his time, the Mozambique-born striker was the top scorer during the 1966 World Cup and scored 733 times in 745 professional matches.
Reactions have poured in from figures in the sports world including David Beckham, who wrote in a post on Facebook: "Sad to hear of the passing away of Eusebio today. He was one of Football's Greats and a good person. A true legend."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho also honoured the star, telling reporters today: "I think he is immortal. We all know what he meant for football and especially for Portuguese football.
"He was not only a great inspiration but also an important figure in upholding the values, principles and feelings of football."
Below is a collection of tributes from the sports world to the late footballer:
Africa, Portugal, the WORLD just experienced a great lost. Eusebio was not only a tremendous player..but also a exceptional man. RIP big bro— Samuel Eto'o (@setoo9) January 5, 2014
We're saddened to hear Benfica legend Eusebio has passed away. He was a fantastic player and a friend of the club. pic.twitter.com/RjLc8Rj7OD— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 5, 2014
The king!! Grande perda para todos nos! O mais grande!! pic.twitter.com/eavtaUG8Z9— Luís Figo (@LuisFigo) January 5, 2014
Sad to hear that Eusébio has passed away. 733 goals in 745 appearances will always mark him down as a true legend of the game. R.I.P.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) January 5, 2014
Sad news that Eusebio has died. One of the greats of his generation. Could play and strike a ball like very few others. #RIP— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 5, 2014
One of the greatest football players ever has passed away. My friend Eusebio died last night. My thoughts are with his family.— Franz Beckenbauer (@beckenbauer) January 5, 2014