Friday, 6 December 2013

English Premier League Set To Honour Mandela In Style, As Ronaldo, Robin Van Persie, Wilshere Pay Tribute To The Fallen Soldier

Sporting connection: Mandela helped South Africa win the hosting rights to the 2010 World Cup

Yesterday, the world said goodbye to a man who is highly regarded as the most influential African ever, as former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela breathed his last. As a form of respect, The English Premier League have concluded plans to pay tribute to the fallen soldier as there will be a minute's applause ahead of all of this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

Old Bill: Coach Jake White and captain John Smit take the Webb Wllis trophy to Mandela when they win in 2007

Football League chief executive, Shaun Harvey, said: 'Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to millions and his determination, courage and forgiveness marked him out as a truly great man. We are delighted to give clubs and their supporters the opportunity to pay their own tributes to Nelson Mandela and recognise his extraordinary legacy.'

Most of the players who will be involved in the weekend fixtures took to twitter to pay their condolences to Rolihlahla;

2013 FIFA World Footballer of the year elect Cristiano Ronaldo was not left out in paying homage to the 95 year old;

Sir Bobby Charlton said;

Friendship: Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton says he was 'blessed' to know Mandela

'I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Nelson Mandela's passing,'

'My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the people of South Africa and whilst we will all mourn his death we should also celebrate his life - and what a life!

'Mr Mandela worked tirelessly all of his life for racial equality and his legacy will live on way beyond our lifetime.

'I feel blessed to have lived during his life span and privileged to have met him on a number of occasions.

'God bless my friend, Madiba.'

Forward thinking: The Brazilian Ronaldo (left) and Mandela in Cape Town in 2005

City gents: Robinho (right) and Emmanuel Adebayor (left) greet Mandela in 2009

Gift: Sir Alex Ferguson hands Mandela a Manchester United shirt during the tour in 2006

Honour: Pele (left) and Samuel Eto'o (right) present Mandela with a jersey to celebrate his 89th birthday in 2007

True Lion: Mandela holds an England shirt given to him by David Beckham (left) in South Africa in 2003

Icon: The crowd salute Mandela before day two of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide

Goodnight Madiba! 


  1. Haba bros! Greatest African ever ke, when my papa never die