PSG star Neymar paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant after scoring against Lille on Sunday night.
The Brazilian is a big basketball fan, and was visibly upset following the tragic news of Bryant’s death.
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The 41-year-old LA Lakers icon passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas alongside his daughter GiGi .
And after netting, Neymar, 27, sombrely walked towards a pitchside camera – holding two fingers up on one hand and four fingers up on the other – signifying Kobe’s iconic Lakers #24 jersey.
He then pointed towards the sky in a heartbreaking tribute to the basketball idol.
After the game, Neymar told reporters: “I looked at the messages at halftime.
“This is a time of immense sadness for the world of sport. Not just basketball fans.
“I knew him. This celebration was for him. I hope he rests in peace.”
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Neymar’s love for the NBA is no secret, having attended the match between the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris alongside teammate Kylian Mbappe on Friday night.
And the affect of Kobe’s death on him is clear for everyone to see in the sobering scenes following his goal.
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Bryant’s passing has shaken the sporting world, with a number of stars paying their tributes.
Joel Embiid, Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love were among the current NBA stars to pay their tributes.
While superstars from all sports including Tom Brady and Raheem Sterling also took to Twitter to offer their respects and condolences following the tragedy.
This story originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.