Football greats have joined other sporting icons across the world in mourning the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali who passed on at 74.
Leading the pack of football icons, Brazilian soccer legend Pele paid tribute to Ali.
Pele posted a moving tribute on Instagram, sharing an iconic meeting between the pair when the former striker played in the United States with the New York Cosmos.
“The sporting universe has just suffered a big loss,” he said. “Muhammad Ali was my friend, my idol, my hero.
“We spent many moments together and always kept a good connection throughout the years. The sadness is overwhelming. I wish him peace with God. And I send love and strength to his family.”
Arguably the two greatest sportsmen of all time, Pele and Ali dominated the sporting landscape throughout the 1960s and 70s, while their legends remain intact.
Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Sunday Oliseh and Didier Drogba were among football luminaries who also payed tribute to the the sporting icon widely considered as the greatest heavyweight boxing has even seen.
“The Greatest. RIP. ZZ”, Zidane posted on Instagram.
Beckham said of Ali, ‘The Greatest there will ever be …. The biggest and the best ….. Rest In Peace”.
Sunday Oliseh to0k to Twitter to pay tributes to Ali. “Legendary Mohammad Ali is dead! In My heart he will always live on! Ali’s Documentary “the Greatest” is the most motivational video ever!”, he tweeted.
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