Former Senegal, Fulham and Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has died aged 42.
Diop made 129 appearances within the Premier League and likewise had spells in England with West Ham United and Birmingham Metropolis.
He performed for Senegal on the 2002 World Cup, scoring the winner within the match’s opening sport as his nation beat France 1-0.
“As soon as a World Cup hero, at all times a World Cup hero,” Fifa posted on social media.
A submit on Fulham’s Twitter account stated the membership was “devastated” and, utilizing Diop’s nickname, added: “Relaxation effectively, Wardrobe.”
Senegal reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, with Diop happening to attain twice extra within the 3-3 group-stage draw with Uruguay.
He additionally featured at 4 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, together with when Senegal have been runners-up in 2002. He retired in 2013.
Diop helped Portsmouth, who have been managed by Harry Redknapp on the time, win the FA Cup in 2008.
“He was such a beautiful character,” Redknapp informed BBC Radio 5 Stay. “He was unbelievable for me, an ideal character, at all times pleased and at all times had a smile on his face. He was an enormous of a person.
“He had no aggression in him. He appeared aggressive on the pitch as a result of he was so massive, however there was nothing nasty about him.
“My ideas are with all his household.”
Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, known as Diop’s loss of life “an ideal loss for Senegal” whereas Liverpool’s Senegal midfielder Sadio Mane wrote on his Instagram: “Pape Bouba, it was with a damaged coronary heart that we discovered of your (loss of life). Know that you’ll ceaselessly stay in our hearts even should you left with out saying goodbye to us.”