News of NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s death Sunday morning quickly spread across the world. Including to Lille, where Neymar and Paris Saint-German were playing in Ligue 1.
Neymar dedicated his second goal to Bryant, holding up two fingers on one hand and four on the other (via beIN Sports):
Following his goal, Neymar pays tribute to Kobe Bryant 2️⃣4️⃣ pic.twitter.com/uT1qCTg6Nq— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) January 26, 2020
PSG won 2-0 behind Neymar’s penalty and also his opener in the 28th minute.
After the game, Neymar paid further tribute on Twitter. Translated from Portuguese, it reads:
“Sad day for us in sports, for us fans and especially for family and kobe friends. A legend has been made with your hands, thank you for extolling sports Kobe ... may God comfort the hearts of your family and friends”
Dia triste pra nós dos esporte, pra nós fãs e principalmente pra família e amigos de kobe. Com suas mãos se fez lenda, obrigado por exaltar o esporte Kobe... que Deus conforte o coração de sua família e amigos 🙏🏽🖤 #ripkobebryant #24 pic.twitter.com/QPjIy7Fhou— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) January 26, 2020
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Southern California.
The 41-year-old Los Angeles Lakers icon was also a noted fan of soccer, and countless others around the sport paid their respects on social media.
So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. Kobe was a true legend and inspiration to so many. Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend💔 pic.twitter.com/qKb3oiDHxH— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 26, 2020
The club would like to express its deepest condolences to his family and friends, to the @Lakers and the @NBA family after the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant. RIP, legend. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/vKMHmzvK5Z— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 26, 2020
A legend, and a friend to us and our sport. Our hearts break today.— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) January 26, 2020
Rest In Peace, Kobe and Gigi. pic.twitter.com/R5qkgERv9k
My heart is heavy with the news of Kobe Bryant. Prayers go out to his family right now through this unthinkable time.— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) January 26, 2020
We’re deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of basketball legend Kobe Bryant.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2020
Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time ♥️ pic.twitter.com/1IDAGRqafS
Heart going out to the Bryant family right now. ❤️. RIP @kobebryant— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) January 26, 2020
A true inspiration in the sporting industry. RIP legend. 💔👑 pic.twitter.com/riqBbwRfDc— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) January 26, 2020
If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will do it for you” – Kobe Bryant. Rest in peace. I'm absolutely devastated by this news. The world lost a great athlete. All my thoughts are with his family. 💭 pic.twitter.com/3d8qFYe9C8— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) January 26, 2020
An inspiration to so many 👑💔 pic.twitter.com/iVysQnapLp— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) January 26, 2020
RIP Kobe Bryant 1978-2020.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 26, 2020
Sports icon. pic.twitter.com/aOTWyPtyD3
🙏’s up for the Bryant family.— Clint Dempsey (@clint_dempsey) January 26, 2020
I still can’t believe the news. I’m very sorry about what happened. My condolences and best wishes to Kobe’s whole family. #RIPMAMBA 💔😔— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant gone too soon. No words can do justice for what you meant to Los Angeles, basketball, and sport. So saddened. Rest In Peace Kobe and Gianna. 💔 🙏. Deepest condolences to his family. #legend #father #inspiration pic.twitter.com/9PuJbChY2p— Cobi Jones (@cobijones) January 26, 2020
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Kobe Bryant, a basketball legend whose performances transcended the sport to become a worldwide starhttps://t.co/T0Z9O8qWD0— Premier League USA (@PLinUSA) January 26, 2020
1/1 It is with great sadness that I’ve learned of the passing of Basketball legend Kobe Bryant & his young daughter Gianna. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and surviving children, the National Basketball Association, most especially the Los Angeles Lakers organization pic.twitter.com/fKqLslc6JN— George Weah (@GeorgeWeahOff) January 26, 2020
Major League Soccer mourns the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and all of the victims of today’s tragic accident. We are devastated by this news, and extend our condolences to the Bryant family and the families and friends of everyone involved. pic.twitter.com/iwEzfPiv8z— Major League Soccer (@MLS) January 26, 2020
Wow.. I’m in disbelief. This is so sad. RIP Kobe❤️— Ali Krieger (@alikrieger) January 26, 2020
I really can’t believe this. My prayers go out to his family during this difficult time🙏🏾 #KobeBryant— Crystal Dunn Soubrier (@crysdunn_19) January 26, 2020
Prayers go out to his wife, daughters, family, and the family members of the other passengers on board the helicopter. Thank you for the impact you have made in the city of Los Angeles and around the world. Life is so precious. Hold on to your loved ones. Rest In Peace Kobe 💔 pic.twitter.com/e8yfBnEWka— Gyasi Zardes (@gyasinho) January 26, 2020
Concacaf is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and all of the lives lost today.— Concacaf (@Concacaf) January 27, 2020
Kobe was a true sporting icon who transcended basketball and was a big supporter of our sport.
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) January 26, 2020
I just can’t believe it
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