Sporting Icons Pay Tributes To Mandela

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has led the sporting tributes to his “dear friend”, South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95.
Mandela had used sports to bring his country together following strict racial segregation by his predecessors.
Blatter said: “It is in deep mourning that I pay my respects to an extraordinary person.
“He and I shared an unwavering belief in the extraordinary power of football to unite people”.
Blatter added: “He was probably one of the greatest humanists of our time”.
Mandela once stated: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people, in a way that little else does”.
Fifa’s president hailed Mandela’s impact on football’s 2010 World Cup in South Africa and said there would be a minute’s silence as a mark of respect ahead of the next round of international matches.
“When he was honoured and cheered by the crowd at Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium on 11 July 2010, it was as a man of the people, a man of their hearts.
“It was one of the most moving moments I have ever experienced. For him, the World Cup in South Africa truly was ‘a dream come true’,” Blatter added.
Meanwhile, other sports personalities have also paid their tributes to the late hero. Below are some unedited twitter tributes to the Madiba:

Ronaldo: Thankful Madiba for your legacy and your example. You”ll always stay with us.

Usain Bolt: One of the greatest human beings ever..May your soul rest in peace..The worlds greatest fighter…

Bryan Habana: R.I.P Tata Madiba Thank you for the inspiration and hope. May your legacy live on forever.

AB de Villiers: Let us now, more than ever, stick together as a nation! We owe him that much. #madiba you will be missed! #tata #inspiration #leader

Sepp Blatter: It is in deep mourning that I pay my respects to an extraordinary person, probably one of the greatest humanists of our time and a dear friend of mine: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Steven Pienaar: In tears The Father Of the Great Nation Have Past On. R.I.P TATA MADIBA.

Mike Tyson: I’m hearing about Nelson Mandela’s death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela’s family

Aaron Ramsey: Such sad news but what a great man and huge inspiration. RIP Nelson Mandela.

Jack Wilshere: ‘The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’ Love this one! Thoughts with his family! Great man! NM!


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