Neymar pays tribute to Kobe Bryant after scoring against Lille

Neymar pays tribute to Kobe Bryant after scoring against Lille

- Kobe Bryant was confirmed dead in a helicopter crash on Sunday

- PSG star Neymar paid tribute to the NBA legend after scoring his side's second goal against Lille

- Celebrities and fans have flooded social media with tributes since the news broke

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Neymar scored twice to inspire Paris Saint Germain to a 2-0 victory over Victor Osimhen's Lille at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on Sunday.

The former Barcelona forward opened the scoring for the Parisians in the 28th minute and doubled his side's lead seven minutes into the second half.

After completing his brace in the meeting, the winger dedicated his second goal to the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

READ ALSO: Basketball legend Kobe Bryant dies in fatal California helicopter crash

The 27-year-old forward ran towards one of the cameras on the sidelines showing six fingers - representing the number 24 the legend wore during his active career.

The LA Lakers retired the number after the 41-year-old announced his retirement from the game.

The former Basketball superstar crashed on Sunday alongside 13-year old daughter Gianna on their way to training at the Mamba Sports Academy.

The news sent shockwaves across the globe and many are already paying tributes to the late legend, widely regarded as one of the greatest players in NBA history.

Kobe's 20-year career was laden with both collective and individual silverware after winning five NBA titles, among several others.

Neymar met the LA Lakers legend in 2017 and after his goal against Lille, the Brazilian paid a tribute to the star.

The former Barca star was said to have been told about Bryant's death at half-time and did not waste any time to honour him when he had the chance to put the ball in the back of the net.

READ ALSO: Mzansi celebs are heartbroken by news of Kobe Bryant's tragic death

The NBA legend, who is the fourth-highest scoring player with 33,655 points just one short of Lebron James, was confirmed dead earlier on Sunday.

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