Former Senegal, Fulham and Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has died aged 42.
Diop made 129 appearances within the Premier League and likewise had spells in England with West Ham United and Birmingham City.
He performed for Senegal on the 2002 World Cup, scoring the winner within the event’s opening recreation as his nation beat France 1-0.
“Once a World Cup hero, always a World Cup hero,” Fifa posted on social media.
A submit on Fulham’s Twitter account stated the membership was “devastated” and, utilizing Diop’s nickname, added: “Rest well, Wardrobe.”
Senegal finally reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, with Diop occurring to attain twice extra within the 3-Three group-stage draw with Uruguay.
He additionally featured at 4 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, together with when Senegal had been runners-up in 2002.
Diop helped Portsmouth win the FA Cup in 2008 and retired in 2013.