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Last Updated: July 19th 2020, 4:23 pm

Neymar Jr. pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among those tragically killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday.


Among the outpouring of support — which has seen everyone from fans, celebrities, and fellow sports stars pay tribute to the late Lakers legend and his daughter — Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar Jr. honored the five-time NBA champion during his side’s game against Lille on Sunday night.



After scoring his second goal of the match, a penalty in the 52nd minute, Neymar Jr. celebrated by putting up two and four fingers on each hand in a nod to the Lakers star’s famous number 24 jersey.



Neymar also scored PSG’s first goal in the 2-0 win against Lille, though reports suggest Neymar only found out about Bryant’s death at half-time, thus honoring him with his second celebration of the night.


Following the final whistle, Neymar – a basketball fan – hailed Bryant's impact, stating his death is a sad moment for the entire world of sport.


"I looked at the messages at half-time," Neymar told Canal+. "This is a time of immense sadness for the world of sport and for all of us, not just basketball fans.


"I knew him and I made this celebration to pay tribute to him. I hope he rests in peace."

Bryant won five NBA championships and made 18 NBA All-Star teams during a 20-year stint with the Lakers.