Neymar dedicates PSG goal to Kobe Bryant by holding up '24' instead of celebrating

The sporting world was rocked by the news that Kobe Bryant had passed away on Sunday, aged 41. 

He was travelling on a helicopter with at least three other people, which crashed near Los Angeles, California. 

Tributes have been pouring in, not just from the sporting world, but from many outside of it. 

Shortly after news of Bryant’s death broke, Paris Saint-Germain played a Ligue 1 fixture against Lille.

Neymar, a well-known basketball fan, paid his own respects to Bryant while celebrating one of his goals.

The Brazilian held up his fingers to signal the number 24 – Bryant’s iconic jersey.

He wore that number during his 20-year NBA career, which was spent entirely at the Los Angeles Lakers. 

You can see Neymar’s classy tribute below: 

Along with the Brazilian, a number of other sports stars paid their respects to Bryant. 

Raheem Sterling Tweeted: “Rest easy Legend” while Jamie Vardy added: “RIP Kobe. My thoughts go out to your family.” 

NFL quarterback Tom Brady wrote: “We miss you already Kobe,” and Usain Bolt tweeted: “Still can’t believe @kobebryant⁩.”

Bryant will be forever remembered by sports fans as one of the greatest to ever play basketball. 

With the Lakers, he won five NBA Championships and was also named the league’s MVP in 2008. 

Black Mamba also won two Olympic gold medals representing the United States, in 2008 and 2012.

In both of those competitions, he was credited with being his nation’s most important player in what were two star-studded teams. 

Bryant’s death has rocked the entire sporting world and it’s clear how much of an impact he had on other superstars, including Neymar.  

Rest in peace, Kobe. 

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