Ronaldo, Messi and other footballers offer tributes to Kobe Bryant after NBA legend dies in helicopter crash

Footballers pay tribute to Kobe Bryant
The 5-time NBA Champion died in a helicopter clash alongside his daughter Sunday morning

The 41-year-old NBA legend became a victim to a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna and nine other passengers on Sunday morning.

Kobe Bryant, the 41-year-old legendary basketball player who spent 2 decades with the Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday morning alongside his daughter Gianna and nine other passengers.

Publicly available flight records reveal that the helicopter took off at 9:06 a.m. Sunday from John Wayne Airport. The crash occurred a few hours later amid foggy conditions in the hills over Calabasas.

Bryant, who won five NBA championships during his playing career, is considered one of the best players in basketball’s history. He spent his entire career playing for the LA Lakers and was now living the life of retirement.

Tributes have poured in from fellow stars and celebrities, with many expressing shock at his sudden demise. The footballing world is no exception as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Liverpool duo Alisson and Van Dijk, and PSG superstar Neymar have paid their tributes to the Basketball legend.

Footballers pay tribute to Bryant

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Here's how the footballing world reacted to the sudden demise of Kobe Bryant:


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Premier League stars also gave their condolences to his family and loved ones:


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