Kobe Bryant: Neymar pays tribute to NBA legend after scoring against Lille

Kobe Bryant: Neymar pays tribute to NBA legend after scoring against Lille

- Kobe Bryant was confirmed dead in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26

- The 41-year-old crashed alongside his daughter and two others in a helicopter

- PSG star Neymar paid tribute to the NBA legend after scoring his side's second goal against Lille

Neymar Jr scored twice to inspire Paris Saint Germain to a 2-0 victory over Victor Osimhen's Lille at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on Sunday, January 27.

The former Barcelona forward opened scoring for the Parisians in the 28th minute and doubled his side's lead seven minutes into the second half.

After completing his brace in the meeting, the winger dedicated his second goal to the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash.

The 27-year-old forward ran towards one of the cameras on the sidelines showing six fingers - representing number 24 the legend wore during his active career.

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It would be recalled that his team LA Lakers retired the number after the 41-year-old announced his retirement from the game.

The former Basketball superstar crashed on Sunday alongside 13-year old daughter Gianna on their way to training at the Mamba Sports Academy.

Two other people were also said to be on board before the chopper burst into flames, and no survival was rescued from the aircraft.

The news sent jolts into the body of many across the globe and are already paying tributes to the late legend widely regarded as one of the greatest players in NBA history.

Kobe's 20-year career was laden with both collective and individual silverware after winning five NBA titles among several others.

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Neymar met the LA Lakers legend in 2017 and after his goal against Lille, the Brazilian paid a tribute to the star.

The former Barca star was said to have been told about Bryant's death at half-time and did not waste any time to honour him when he had the chance to put the ball in the back of the net.

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Also, in the basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs, players paid tribute to the late star in the opening exchanges on the court.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Kobe Bryant has been killed in a helicopter crash including his daughter Gianna in an incident that occurred in Calabasas, California, as the basketball world has been thrown into mourning, TMZ Sports reports.

The NBA legend who is the fourth-highest scoring player with 33,655 points just one short of Lebron James, was confirmed dead.

Reports claim former LA Lakers legend was traveling with four other unidentified people in his private helicopter when the incident happened, and everyone on board lost their lives.

It was gathered that four others including Kobe Bryant's daughter Gianna was in the private helicopter that crashed in Calabasas.

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