The stunning news that basketball legend Kobe Bryant had perished in a helicopter crash with several other people, including his daughter Gianna, elicited stunned responses worldwide. Among those devastated by the news were many of Bayern Munich’s players, past and present. It’s no secret that many of Bayern’s players are also basketball fans, and as they say, “Game recognize game.”
As Robert Lewandowski said, Bryant was, “One of the greatest athletes of all time.” Below are many of the reactions of Bayern players, current and past, and a handful of other important voices across the soccer world.
One of the greatest athletes of all time— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) January 26, 2020
R. I. P. Legend pic.twitter.com/NVqKcvK96b
No this can‘t be true R.I.P. King - we will miss you all! Prayers are with the family pic.twitter.com/XFS7ZEErhO— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) January 26, 2020
Legend.— David Alaba (@David_Alaba) January 26, 2020
More than a sportsman.
It‘s hard to believe.
Rest In Peace.
All my prayers are with the Bryant family. pic.twitter.com/b67JPZfny0
Kobe RIP— Corentin Tolisso (@CorentinTolisso) January 26, 2020
RIP Legend! No words to describe the loss of a true sports legend!! Mamba mentality will live on! pic.twitter.com/bMPWJBtxs0— Dante Bonfim Costa (@dante_bonfim) January 26, 2020
Totally shocked by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter. RIP LEGEND— Holger Badstuber (@Badstuber) January 26, 2020
FC Bayern basketball
Lewanadowski, Lucas Hernandez, Ron-Thorben Hoffmann, Alphonso Davies, Javi Martinez, Ivan Perisic all paid tribute to Bryant in Instagram stories.
And many others from around the soccer world paid tribute to Bryant.
So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. Kobe was a true legend and inspiration to so many. Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend pic.twitter.com/qKb3oiDHxH— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 26, 2020
Speechless and shocked!! REST IN HEAVEN MAMBA pic.twitter.com/lIAWrpxAVa— Kevin-Prince Boateng (@KPBofficial) January 26, 2020
MAMBA FOREVER— Tobi Schweinsteiger (@tobits7) January 26, 2020
After scoring for PSG, Neymar flashed No. 24 to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash. pic.twitter.com/EOrk3cZAUd— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 26, 2020
Farewell, Kobe and Gianna, from BFW