Papa Bouba Diop: Senegal World Cup star dies aged 42

Diop made 63 appearances for his nation with the spotlight of his worldwide profession coming on the 2002 World Cup the place he scored the primary objective of the event as Senegal shocked reigning champion France 1-0.

He went on to attain two extra targets within the competitors as Senegal reached the quarterfinals.

On Sunday, FIFA stated it was “saddened” to listen to of his passing.

“As soon as a World Cup hero, at all times a World Cup hero,” soccer’s world governing physique stated in a message on Twitter.
Diop began his membership profession in Senegal earlier than enjoying for groups in Switzerland and France.

A lot of his profession was spent in England although, the place he represented each Fulham and Portsmouth within the English Premier League.

Nicknamed “The Wardrobe” — Diop was six-foot-five — he received the FA Cup throughout his time at Portsmouth and the membership paid tribute to the versatile midfielder.

“The ideas of everybody at Portsmouth Soccer Membership are with Papa’s household and associates at this extremely unhappy time,” learn a assertion.
Diop playing in Senegal's shock victory over France at the 2002 World Cup.

‘Endlessly in our hearts’

After a quick spell at AEK Athens, Diop returned to London to play for West Ham earlier than ending his profession at Birmingham Metropolis seven years in the past.

“We’re devastated to be taught of the passing of former participant Papa Bouba Diop on the age of 42. Our ideas are with Papa’s household and associates at this extraordinarily tough time,” Birmingham stated on Twitter.
Present Liverpool and Senegal star Sadio Mane paid his respects to Diop in a message on Instagram.

“It’s with a wounded coronary heart that we have heard of your passing. Know that you’ll stay endlessly in our hearts although you left with out saying goodbye. RIP,” he stated.

Citing unnamed sources, ESPN reported that Diop had been identified with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s illness or motor neurone illness.

Contributed reporting from Martin Goillandeau.

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