Nelson Mandela, fighter for freedom, influential politician and figure of hope for millions of people in the world died yesterday at the age of 95 after long lasting illness.
The Guardian wrote: “But his passing will also be keenly felt by people around the world who revered Mandela as one of history's last great statesmen, and a moral paragon comparable with Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King.”
Mandela’s positive influence was widespread extending to the world of sports. He was in office as the first black president of his home country when the Rugby World Cup was played in South Africa in 1995.
Mandela, who received the Nobel peace prize for his relentless fight for democracy and against apartheid, also had an impact on football as the Twitter messages of Arsenal players like Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, former Manchester United starlet Christiano Ronaldo and Chelsea's Juan Mata indicate.
Thankful Madiba for your legacy and your example. You"ll always stay with us. pic.twitter.com/IA72uYB6N4— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 5, 2013
R.I.P Nelson Mandela, such an inspiration for the humanity. Will be always remembered. Hero of our days.— Juan Mata García (@juanmata10) December 5, 2013
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