Neymar has paid tribute to Kobe Bryant after the basketball icon was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar scored twice as the Ligue 1 leaders ran out 2-0 victors over Lille, and dedicated his second goal to Bryant by holding up two fingers on one hand and four on the other – Bryant having worn the number 24 jersey for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Following the final whistle, Neymar – a basketball fan – hailed Bryant’s impact, stating his death is a sad moment for the entire world of sport.
“I looked at the messages at half-time,” Neymar told Canal+. “This is a time of immense sadness for the world of sport and for all of us, not just basketball fans.
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“I knew him and I made this celebration to pay tribute to him. I hope he rests in peace.”
Bryant won five NBA championships and made 18 NBA All-Star teams during a 20-year stint with the Lakers.