The news of Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing has impacted people all across the globe, especially elite athletes, as Bryant’s legendary “Mamba Mentality” likely served as an inspiration to many who make their livelihood in professional sports.
Real Madrid, one of the most popular sports franchises on the planet, paid their respect to the late Lakers legend earlier today by observing a moment of silence prior to their practice.
In addition to the moment of silence, Sergio Ramos — the iconic captain of both Real Madrid and Spain — showed up to training wearing a #10 Kobe Bryant United States National Team jersey.
Even in death, Kobe Bryant remains remarkably capable of achieving the impossible: making Sergio Ramos seem likable. Only Kobe Bryant could pull off a feat so monumental.
Real Madrid is far from the only soccer club to pay respect to the basketball legend, as tons of high-profile clubs and players took to social media to express their sadness about the loss of the sporting icon.
Bryant, just 41-years-old, passed away in a helicopter crash around 9:52 a.m. PST on Sunday, January 26. In addition to Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Marie was one of the nine victims in the crash.
The response from around the globe has been powerful and immediate, as people all around the world have paid tribute to Bryant. You can find all of the emotional tributes to Kobe here. Additionally, you can find further tributes from the global soccer community below.
The thoughts and prayers of the entire BroBible team out go out to the friends, family, and loved ones of the Bryant family during this extremely difficult time. May Kobe, Gianna, and all of the victims of the crash rest in peace.
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