Fifa posted on their official twitter handle “Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero,” as news of the death of Papa Bouba Diop filtered in.
The football community has been thrown into mourning following the death of ex-Senegalese player Papa Bouba Diop, who died reportedly following a protracted illness.
At the 2002 World Cup, Late Diop played for Senegal, scoring the first goal in the tournament’s opening game, with Senegal beating France – the then reigning champions 1-Nil.
He made 129 appearances in the Premier League and featured in four African Cup of Nations tournaments, including 2002 when Senegal was runners-up. He retired in 2013.
Furthermore, in 2008, Diop helped Portsmouth win the FA Cup. Portsmouth was then managed by Harry Redknapp, and on BBC Radio 5 Live, he described Bouba Diop as being a wonderful character that always had a smile on his face, a giant with no aggression in him.
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