Neymar, Rashford, Arsenal among Football World Paying Kobe Bryant Tribute

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The basketball world lost one of its most titanic figures today as Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna and seven other souls, perished in a southern California helicopter crash this morning. Bryant was huge in not just the  basketball world, but in the sporting universe as well. Not to mention he transcended sports to become a cultural and entertainment icon.

One sport in which he had a huge impact was football/soccer, and that originated with his father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, who played professionally in Italy. Kobe lived in Italy from ages 6-13, and it was there and then that he developed his love for AC Milan.

Milan was his team, but he was known to sport FC Barcelona garb as well, once brandishing a Blaugranes shirt during a magazine cover appearance. Tributes to Kobe and all that he stood for are being posted all over the world by people from all walks of life.

There have been many made by footballers and football clubs, and we simply can’t cover them all, but Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford told his social media following what an inspiration Kobe was to him, and Arsenal FC defined him perfectly: “a legend among legends.”

Another club to pay tribute was Paris Saint-Germain, and it was PSG forward Neymar who probably performed the best tribute of all.

After scoring a goal he held up a 2 and a 4 with his fingers, a reference to his jersey number.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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