Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna Bryant, 13, were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday.
The Bryants were on their way to a travel basketball game with a teammate and her parent when the helicopter crashed.
Growing up in Italy, Kobe was a soccer fan. He connected with many stars in the sport.
Soccer stars and clubs paid tribute to Bryant throughout Sunday. Here’s a list of many notable tributes, starting with Neymar’s goal celebration.
Soccer tributes to Kobe Bryant
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) January 26, 2020
RIP Kobe Bryant 1978-2020.
Sports icon. pic.twitter.com/aOTWyPtyD3
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 26, 2020
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Kobe Bryant. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends.
Forever a legend. pic.twitter.com/2lm4GFyJEB
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) January 26, 2020
We have no words to express how shocked we are to hear of the tragic passing of one of the greatest sportsmen of all time and Rossonero fan, Kobe Bryant. All our thoughts are with the families of those affected by this tragic accident. You will forever be missed, Kobe 🙏❤️🖤 pic.twitter.com/FOd365chEL
— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 26, 2020
“On behalf of myself, the players and staff at AS Roma, we join the rest of the sporting world in mourning the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant. Kobe was a true icon and our thoughts are now with his family and the families of all of the victims aboard that flight.”
Jim Pallotta pic.twitter.com/bsmBumeLpg
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) January 26, 2020
Consternats per la mort de @KobeBryant, un esportista exemplar. La seva figura va transcendir les pistes de bàsquet. Una abraçada a la seva familia i èssers estimats. Descansi en pau. pic.twitter.com/keL0BNqICc
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat) January 26, 2020
The club would like to express its deepest condolences to his family and friends, to the @Lakers and the @NBA family after the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant. RIP, legend. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/vKMHmzvK5Z
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 26, 2020
A true sporting icon.
Rest in peace, Kobe. pic.twitter.com/4BuwDWtJ94
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 26, 2020
Rest in peace, Kobe Bryant ❤
A sporting legend who transcended basketball. pic.twitter.com/w4ShCAuNSq
— Goal (@goal) January 26, 2020
A true inspiration on and off the court. Gone way too soon. ❤️ #KobeBryant
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) January 26, 2020
So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. Kobe was a true legend and inspiration to so many. Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend💔 pic.twitter.com/qKb3oiDHxH
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 26, 2020
I still can’t believe the news. I’m very sorry about what happened. My condolences and best wishes to Kobe’s whole family. #RIPMAMBA 💔😔
— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) January 26, 2020
Rest in peace KOBE BRYANT and all the victims who have passed away in that tragic accident and give all my condolences to family and friends😌🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/5wecXPdmaS
— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) January 26, 2020
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) January 26, 2020
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My biggest sports idol is this man right here. Your work ethic and mentality inspired me so much from as soon i understood what it took to become a pro. You were enjoying your new chapter in your life and to leave us just like that is devastating.. i love you so much! You the goat 😢
Descanse em paz, meu amigo 🙏🏿 😭 pic.twitter.com/vRqNRyoIhp
— Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho) January 26, 2020
Rest in Peace, Mamba. pic.twitter.com/BgcDnXLCyZ
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) January 26, 2020