There is no doubt the world lost one of its brightest stars on Thursday night with the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
The anti-apartheid revolutionary had been ill for some time and finally succumbed to a lung infection whilst surrounded by his family - and a state funeral will be held at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg next Tuesday, under the watchful eyes of a nation, a continent and the world.
Mandela transcended politics and was a revered symbol for many including those in the world of sport.
Many a footballer has taken to Twitter to celebrate his life and to pay tribute to Madiba - none more so than those from Africa.
Mandela was not just a South African icon - but he was an African icon and last night two players from the Ivory Coast that we all know well paid their own tribute to the man.
Galatasaray took on Elazigspor last night in the Turkish cup and won 2-0 with goals from Selcuk Inan and Burak Yilmaz - and it seems both former Arsenal player Emmanuel Eboue and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba both planned on finding the net themselves.
The pair adorned T-shirts with the phrases ‘Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela’ and ‘Thank You Madiba’ in tribute to the man.
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