After scoring in the 0-2 win over Lille, Paris Saint-Germain ace Neymar paid tribute to Kobe Bryant who tragically passed away in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26.
Kobe and one of his daughters were among nine people killed on Sunday morning when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California.
Neymar shared a moment with Kobe when the NBA superstar visited a training session with Paris Saint-Germain back in 2017.
After scoring a penalty to double his side’s lead, Neymar held up ’24’ with his fingers as a reference to Bryant’s jersey number for the LA Lakers.
In an interview with Canal Plus, Neymar confirmed his celebration was dedicated to Kobe, "I looked at the messages at half-time.
"This is a time of immense sadness for the world of sport. Not just basketball fans. I knew him. This celebration was for him. I hope he rests in peace."
Bryant is one of the most successful basketball players of all time having won five NBA championships with LA Lakers, appeared in 18 All-Star games and scoring 33,643 points before retiring in 2016.
An emotional Neymar dedicated his goal to Kobe Bryant tonight 💔🙏 pic.twitter.com/QWS33BxA19— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) January 26, 2020