After scoring a goal off a penalty, Brazilian football star Neymar paid a heartfelt tribute to former NBA legend Kobe Bryant who passed away in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. Neymar scored the goal and then ran towards the cameras while holding two and four fingers in his hands. It is the jersey number of the LA Lakers star, 24. Paris Saint Germain (PSG)’s 2-0 beat Lille in the Ligue 1 encounter where Neymar scored a brace.
Here is Neymar’s celebration:
Neymar had met Bryant in 2017 during a training session with Paris Saint-Germain. After the game, he spoke about the NBA legend as well.
“I went to see the messages on social media at halftime, I saw that Kobe is dead. It is a great sadness for the world of sport, and for all of us. I knew him and I did this celebration to pay tribute to him. And I hope he will rest in peace,” Neymar told French TV channel Canal Plus after PSG’s victory.
Meanwhile, Neymar scored both the goals in PSG’s win over Lille in the Ligue 1 clash.
Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among several people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. He was 41. The five-time NBA Champion for the Los Angeles Lakers, was on his way to a travel basketball game when the tragic crash took place.