Papa Bouba Diop, Senegal legend and former Portsmouth and Fulham midfielder has died at the age of 42.
The former midfielder who represented Senegal more than 60 times and played for several European football clubs, died at the age of 42, reportedly following a long illness.
Senegal’s football federation confirmed Diop’s death on Sunday.
Diop secured his place in his country’s history by scoring the winner against reigning champions France in their first ever World Cup game in 2002. Senegal went on to reach the quarter-finals.
World football governing body FIFA, through its World Cup Twitter account, said it was “saddened to learn of the passing of Senegal legend Papa Bouba Diop”.
“Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero.”
Senegal president Macky Sall paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “The death of Pape Bouba Diop is a great loss for Senegal.